Its been a year since Google stepped into the social networking lime light with the launch of Google+. Since then, users in India and the the United States have long had the ability to post status updates and respond to comments via SMS, but Google knew that a lot more people wanted to use these features all over the world and with that in mind, they have made an announcement yesterday about the addition of 43 new countries, many of which  lie in the Middle East and Africa.

Some of the countries to get these new features include Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.


Users can either post new status messages, or receive alerts and respond to those to leave comments as if you were responding to a text message. You’ll get new comments on those threads, as well. You’ll have to enable your phone number in the Google+ settings page, and you need to make sure your carrier supports the service