Google+ Blocked Before it Opens? (Updated)

Google’s new social-networking site, Google+, which is still in the invitation-only beta phase, has already been blocked by the Great Firewall. From the Washington Post:

Just Ping and the Greatfirewallofchina.org website both confirm that plus.google.com is not accessible from mainland China.

The censoring itself isn’t too surprising; Chinese authorities aren’t too keen on U.S. social networks and block services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare.

Update: Shanghaiist reports that their bloggers are able to open Google+ from China, just very slowly.