Google+ opens to the masses

Google’s popular social networking platform is now open to the masses – and does not require a specially sent invite to join.

Still, Google wants you to know that it is far from finished revamping and updating its nascent + service, as Mountain View continues to roll out new features in a steady cadence.

“For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal,” said Google senior VP of engineering Vic Gundotra.

“We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta… [Now], anyone can visit, join the project and connect with the people they care about.”

To mark the momentous occasion, Google is introducing a number of optimized Hangout features by adding support for mobile devices (currently only Android), “On Air” broadcasts, screensharing, Sketchpad and Docs.

In addition, Google+ now allows searches – people, posts and relevant web content – within the social networking platform.