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Approximately 6 months ago, Google+ splashed into our lives with a much-publicized launch. Everyone wanted an invite, and as the days went by, most everybody got one. But there was one thing that marred this launch for a large group of people: Google+’s age restriction.

When Google+ first launched, no one under 18 was allowed in. As if it were some adult-only secret society, Google decided to forego this huge chunk of Google+ users, which left them no choice but to remain on Facebook and other competitors, unable to even check Google+ out (unless they wanted to enough).

Well, good news. Google has decided to change its age policy, and will now allow anyone over 13 to join Google+. This age restriction is the same as Facebook’s, and will allow many teens who currently use Facebook, to move over to the Google side and give Google+ a try. According to Google’s Bradley Horowitz, not only will teens be allowed on Google+, they will now be able to enjoy a sharing experience they currently don’t get from competitors.


While in real life, teens share information with relevant friends only, on Facebook and such there is sometimes the problem of “over-sharing” because there is no good way to share only with specific friends. With Google+, they will be able to share information only with classmates, friends, parents, teachers, etc., via circles.

Time will tell if all those 13-and-up users will herd over to Google+, or if these 6 months were enough to cool them off and dampen their curiosity about Google+. What would you do?

Source: +Bradley Horowitz

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  1. Ddfh
    March 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Runtime Error R6034, An application has made an apetmtt to load the C runtime library incorrectly. Why, and how to resolve it?What is the module or program of Entire Network Accelerate, can I run it independently without running Sogou Explorer?[] ??:??? 13th, 2009 at 13:01You can't run it independently now.Maybe you could try the latest Wine.[]

  2. Anonymous
    February 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I swear I want to slap whoever thought of that rule for their incompetence.

  3. Reuben Walker
    January 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I'm one of those teens who had a countdown until my 18th birthday specifically because of Google+. When I first read the news, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure I read it right. (This was about a week ago.)

    Now I'm trying to get everyone else to join, which is quite a challenge. (I've gotten a couple so far.) The easiest friends are the ones who already have gmail accounts.

    • Yaara
      January 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      So your friends don't want to join, eh? Interesting. I was wondering if people under 18 would want to join now, after having to wait so long. Not sure I would.

      • Reuben Walker
        January 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        Well, a couple of them have been happy to join, a couple couldn't be bothered, and I haven't talked to a few yet.

  4. Joshua Clarke
    January 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Finally! I've been waiting months for this.