Google+ now available in App Store -- free app lets you access Google's new social networking site

Google+ (pronounced Google Plus), which is Google's new social networking site meant to compete with Facebook, has had explosive growth, hitting 18 million users after being introduced only three weeks ago. AND, it's not even yet publicly available. It's rolling out gradually via the invitation model, which is how Gmail began its life. I've used it a bit and it's impressive — more intuitive and friendly than Facebook. And if you're one of the lucky ones who's been invited to sign up, Google has now released their free Google+ app. You can read a review on CNET.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.