The Washington Post is reporting that Google’s shiny new attempt at an answer to Facebook, Google+ (in “field trials” right now, probably just to make it sound cooler as it remains “invite only”) has already been blocked in China!
Before everybody picks this one up and runs with it, let’s all take a breath! We just tried accessing plus.google.com and, while it took forever to load (similar to some other Google products we know) it did eventually open.
Washington Post, and others, are only citing GFW check-up sites like Great Firewall of China and Ping. To give you an idea of how unreliable those tests are, we just tried Google+ again on both, and got an “OKAY” from Ping and a “fail” from Great Firewall.
The irregularity of speed probably has something to do with the fact that Google+ automatically routes you through an HTTPS secure connection, which has been known to cause problems. The GFW does all kinds of aggravating things we don’t quite understand.
All this isn’t to say they wont block it eventually, which they probably will. If it manages to gather any kind of a following in the first place, that is.
[Update] Google Plus now loads fine, same erratic behavior as other foreign sites, particularly Google sites.