Google+ Made Unavailable In China

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Google+, the search giant’s social network, has already been made unavailable in China.

According to Great Firewall of China, a China-based service that checks the availability of sites within the country, Google+ has been made inaccessible just a day after its debut. Sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare are already blocked in the country, which has a famously restrictive censorship policy over its Internet.

However, China hasn’t completely prevented its citizens from accessing the site. According to Penn-Olson, China is not blocking the site, but is throttling the speed of the site so greatly that it may as well be unavailable.

“Web throttling is a tactic new to China’s Great Firewall, and has been seriously slowing pretty much all overseas internet speeds all year,” Penn-Olson explains. “Gmail particularly has been horribly throttled, to the point were it can take five or ten minutes or more to go from the login page to your inbox. It’s a very underhanded tactic [...] [that is] actually rendering it [the service] nearly useless to its users.”

Outside of China, demand for Google+ has been so great that the service’s invite system was temporarily put on hold Wednesday night.

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One Response

  1. Elias Shams says:

    This is awesome!!! The more social networking sites like Google+ and the new myspace popping up, the better for my new gig, ? Social media is here to stay for good. Given vast variety of the existing channels to choose and stick with, it’s time for such a hot space to enter into a new category.

    Here is my 2cents on this whole internet -> search Engine -> Social media things and my rational on why there is a need for a portal to provide a quick and intelligent decision for both the consumer and the companies about their online connections. A Platform to Help us to Distinguish Our Quality vs. Quantity Friends, Fans, Followers, and Companies:

    - Early 90s: WWW was born…
    - Mid – late 90s: Yahoo & Google were born to help us to find the right pages on the WWW…
    - Early 2000: Social media was born…
    - Late 2000: There are now millions of pages created by people, companies, and organizations on all these social media channels.
    - 2011: We are back to early 90’s

    That is why I built to accomplish such a mission – the portal to all your existing social media channels.

    CEO & Founder

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