Since its debut in late June, Google+ has captured much of the tech world's online conversation. The chatter is generally positive, with tech bloggers cheering Google's new social network as a cleaner and more robust alternative to Facebook. But there have been some bumps on the road.
Over the weekend, Google admitted to inadvertently "spamming"
some Google+ users with notification e-mails -- the messages the company sends out if another user adds you to their "circles" of contacts on the site or comments on one of your posts.
Instead of sending those notes out only once, as intended, Google+ sent them "over and over again," writes Google's Vic Gundotra in a post on his Google+ page.
"Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam," the Google vice president wrote Saturday.
Most Google+ users seemed quick to forgive the slip-up.
"No worries Vic. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to more improvements!" one user wrote in a reply to the apology.
"It's alright, man!
You rocks!" said another.
Gundotra chalked the spam up to growing pains.
"For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes," he wrote. "We didn't expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have."
It's unclear exactly how many people have joined Google+, and the service undoubtedly has far, far fewer users than Facebook, which leads the field with 750 million users
. The fact that the Google+ community is still relatively small is no surprise for two reasons: First, the site is so new; and second, it still isn't public, meaning you have to get a personal invitation in order to sign up -- at least for now.