Google+ reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

Google+ reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

Summary: Just two days ago, it was believed that Google+ had roughly 18 million users. We can now up that number to 20 million.

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Just two days ago, it was believed that Google+ had roughly 18 million users. We can now up that number to 20 million.

Although Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen hypothesized using his own formula that Google+ had 18 million users by earlier this week, comScore has had at least 20 million unique visitors since the site debuted three weeks ago.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

"I've never seen anything grow this quickly," said Andrew Lipsman, vice president of industry analysis at comScore. The only other site that has accumulated as many new visitors in a short period of time is Twitter in 2009, he said, "but that happened over several months."

Allen previously predicted that Google+ had attracted 10 million users by July 12, which was later confirmed by Google execs during the company's quarterly earnings conference call.

comScore also broke down those users by country, finding that the majority are from the United States with 5.31 million, followed by India at 2.85 million and the United Kingdom at just under one million visitors.

Additionally, Google+ is about to get even bigger (and even more competitive with Facebook) with the debut of a new feature: Games.

AllThingsD reports that "Google will take less than a 30 percent cut of the revenues, which will break the industry standard created over the past few years by both Facebook and Apple."

A launch date for the platform hasn't been set yet, but it is expected to debut soon - possibly with integrated in-app payments. Zynga is also reported to be likely involved with Google's next venture. So now there will be yet another social network where we cannot escape invitations to Farmville. Maybe Google+ won't be any better than Facebook after all.

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  • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

    Give me a break, not much people care about Google+. Half of these number are technology enthusiasts and they have already stopped using it.

    This hype tactics to attract users will only work for idiots.
    owlnet
    • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

      @owlnet
      Exactly. I know a few people who got invites, signed up, then I when I asked them about it they said they haven't logged into it in a week. A lot of those numbers are people creating an account just to check it out, then its forgotten.
      LoverockDavidson
      • Count me in that group

        nt
        fr_gough
    • wow

      @owlnet well please leave ZDNet if you are not claiming to be a tech enthusiast. I use G+ daily and have already deactivated my Facebook with great pleasure. I'm glad all the techs are on G+ because now I can have an intelligent conversation with someone instead of " lotz of lulz wit dis kitty" crap.
      techtastic83
    • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

      Right, I think the growth is mostly hype. I got an account just to take a look. I am not using it and not planning to.
      Scrabbler
    • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

      @owlnet I have used my Google+ account probably two or three times, it's not offering anything new IMO <a href="http://www.uk-djs.net">DJ Hire</a> <a href="http://www.getadj.net">Get a DJ</a>
      mrswilliamson
  • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

    **Begins Rant**

    Myspace, FB, G+... it's all the same crap, that creates the same drama among the same people.

    In the end it will continue on this viscous cycle, where a new contender steps up to take the crown for about 2 years+, and then yet another new contender steps forward to challenge the current champion.

    I don't care to see new pictures of your kids, I don't care if you updated your status telling everyone how mad you are at your BF/GF (and stop asking me if I saw you damn status update, I don't have a damn FB and never will, and that goes for G+ as well!), I don't care about any of this crap. To me it's all childish nonsense.

    Excuse me while I go do big boy stuff which doesn't involve me updating a FB or G+ account.

    **End Rant**

    Nothing like a Friday rant on a 100 degree day to cool you off a bit :D
    Bates_
    • You mean like spending your morning posting on

      a talkback forum?
      fr_gough
      • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

        @fr_gough LMAO!!!
        techtastic83
      • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

        @fr_gough OOOOO good one. Sorry that my spend my down time at work browsing the articles on this site, which I must say is quite the opposite of trolling FB and G+.

        Good try though.
        Bates_
      • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

        @Bates_
        This forum is actually kind of the same. I use it, but I am somewhat ashamed of wasting my time on it. All you really get here are MS, Google or Apple fanboys trolling.
        anono
  • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

    I just don't understand why people get so upset about these results. If you don't like Google+ then don't use it. These results are how many accounts are out there, not if they keep coming back. The fact is, Google+ is growing and could become a real competitor.

    Choose which social network fits your personal taste the most. Personally, I use Twitter and now Google+ the most. I have always had a Facebook, but why use it now that most of my friends are on Google+? It is just easier to share things on Google+ than on Facebook (In my opinion). I have always enjoyed Facebook, but for me, I'd rather view a less cluttered stream which can be found in Google+.
    adback03
  • RE: Google reels in 20 million users; Games network on the way

    That is all I get with any invite I try.
    Already invited? We've temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.
    MoeFugger
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