Q: I finally have access to Google+, but I can't test out the service until more of my friends have profiles. Inviting them to join has been made more difficult by Google's decision to leave out an option for importing Facebook friends. What can I do?
A: Google launched its new social service, Google+, just a few days ago and already the site is considered a success, at least as measured by the number of people signing up. Only hours after opening the invite function, which allowed early members to bring some of their friends into the circle, Google+ had to shut it down because of "insane demand."
But who was being invited? Where were these early members finding friends to invite? Google+ makes it easy, as you can see in the screenshot embedded above, to 'Find and Invite' friends from your Google contacts and even from Yahoo and Hotmail. Members were also able to invite friends using only their email addresses. But something is obviously missing here: Google+ doesn't make it very easy to invite friends from Facebook, which is the one place that would make the most sense. It's the one place where you've actually taken the time to collect and organize your friends and acquaintances; many of the people you follow on Facebook are probably the same people you would first want to follow on Google+.