Google+ opened it's doors for public signups yesterday allowing anyone to signup to Google+ via google.com/+. The change comes alongside a number of additional updates to the Google+ service. Previously Google+ has been in limited field trial where users had to be invited to use the service by someone already on Google+.
A post on Googles official blog stated that Google+ is still in its infancy but they are now at a stage where they can open up signups:
"For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups."
Since Google first entered the social scene Facebook has been rolling out improvements in an attempt to neutralise the threat of Google+. Ultimately uptake will be key for Google+ as any social media platform relies on having people to socialise with. Many commentators watching the fight between Facebook and Google+ have pointed out that the way Google has integrated Google+ into its other products many of us may find we naturally start using it more rather than just dropping facebook and jumping ship.