What would you pay for a Google+ invite?
Invites up for auction on eBay show Google's new social network is generating some excitement (see image below)
Computerworld - Wish you were on Google's new social networking service, Google+?
Well, you're not alone. And some are looking to make a little cash on people's desire to get in to some Google+ circles.
Entrance into Google's Facebook competitor is free, but limited to a very small number of people.
And it's that limit that seems to have inspired people to find their way onto the site, which Google has said is still in a field test stage.
A search for "Google invite" or "Google Plus" on eBay brings up a list of invites up for sale. While some are going for as little as a dollar, the price does jump up to $99.99 for one.
Of course, even if someone buys an invite, at this point they still won't be able to get into Google+.
Last week, the company announced that the interest in Google+ had been so overwhelming that they had to temporarily stop accepting new users.
So even if someone has an invite, they're not getting on the social network yet.
A Google spokesman said the invitation process will be opened and closed periodically as Google works on getting the network ready for its big public release. Google hasn't said when Google+ will be officially released.
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