July 2011

Southern Sudan Declares Independence

I rarely discuss politics online but today is an exceptional day and it’s way beyond politics, my home country Sudan is officially split into two states as the State of Southern Sudan officially declared independence a few hours ago. This is the most important and influential development in Sudan modern history since the Independence Day in Jan 1st, 1956.

Personally, I cordially congratulate the people of Southern Sudan (our new neighbors!) and wish them all the best in building their emerging state.

For more information about the new state, you can visit the official website of Government of Southern Sudan where you can also find details about the official ceremony in the independence day.

The Map of Sudan and Southern Sudan

How to invite your friends to Google+?

As I’m having fun inviting people to the new social networking service Google +, many asked me on how they can invite their friends (since Google has temporarily shut down the invitation mechanism).  Here are the steps I’m following to do that:

  • Create a new empty Circle and name it something like “Gmail contacts”
  • Add the people you want to invite to that circle (by adding their Gmails)
Google+ Circle

Gmail Contacts Circle

  • Write  a status update in your Google+ stream, it could be anything like “inviting my friends on Gmail”
  • In the “+ add circles or people to share with…” below the status box add the circle you created in the first step and don’t forget to tick the checkbox “also email # people not using Google+”
Google+ Status

Creating Status on Goolge+

  • Click the Share button.
  • Your invited friends should receive an email contain your status update and a link to Google+.
Google+ status update email

Google+ status update email

  • They should click that link to the post with a “Join Google +” button.


I’ve been using this method the whole day and it worked perfectly for me! So try it and share your experience with me in the comment area below.

Note: I came across this method in several sites like Gizmodo and TechChruch but wasn’t as clear as I’m posting it here.