Google+ shows explosive growth

Google+ shows explosive growth

Summary: Google+ is growing faster than any other social network ever.

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Ever notice how some people are a little, ah, delusional? For example, some folks were telling me recently how Google's social network Google+ usage was going down and the site really wasn't that popular. Seriously. Clearly these people have been under a rock, or perhaps too besotted with Facebook, to notice that since Google+ opened its doors to everyone, its growth has been nothing short of explosive. Indeed, Google+ made it to 50-million users faster than any other social network.

According to Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com, a leading genealogy site and Google+ unofficial statistician, “Google+ likely crossed the 50 million user mark. And since being opened to the general public (over age 18) last week, Google+ has been growing by at least 4% per day, meaning that around 2 million new users have been signing up each day.”

To be exact, it took Google+ 88 days to hit 50-million users. MySpace—remember them?--took 1,046 days. Facebook, with 1,096 days, took even longer.

Allen now finds it hard “to imagine a scenario where Google+ doesn't end up with hundreds of millions of users. It's just a matter of time.” I agree.

Besides liking Google+ for its own virtues, Allen points out that “By integrating +1 and Circles (targeted sharing) and other Google+ functionality into its Chrome browser, Android phones (and tablets), Gmail, Google Reader, Blogger, Google Photos, and other properties, Google+ will give its more than one billion users repeated chances to sign up for and use the functionality of Google+.”

It also doesn't hurt Google+ any that Facebook can't seem to stop tinkering with its interface and has less and less respect for its users' privacy . Facebook is unquestionably the social network leader, but between Google+'s explosive growth and its own mis-steps, it may yet lose its throne.

This isn't just Allen analysis by the way that shows Google+ experiencing explosive growth. According to Heather Dougherty, Director of Research at Hitwise, “Google+ emerged as the third largest site in the Social Network and Forums category last Wednesday, a day after the site went from “invitation-only” to "open access" available to everyone.”

Hitwise's research showed “a massive spike in market share of visits for the site, with a 1269% growth from the week ending September 17th to the week of September 24th.” Thus, “In just one week, Google+ went from ranking as 54th most visited site in our Social Networking and Forums category to 8th place.”

If I were Mark Zuckerberg, I'd be worried. Very worried.

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  • Glad to see G+ is more and more popular

    G+ is a great product, fantastic indead.
    lanjian45
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @lanjian45

      I wonder why ZDNet doesn't replace an article where they pay SJVN to write with one where Google pays them to publish. Both scenarios the message would be same.
      mm71
    • Product Great | Oversight Poor

      Until Google amends their "real name" policy for us non-celebrities, they are in my trash bin.<br>Enough said. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/plain.gif" alt="plain">
      rhonin
  • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

    Anyone notice the extreme irony of the first line? Or maybe it's hypocrisy. Most of SJVN's articles usually border on delusional as well.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @Aerowind
      +1
      LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @Aerowind

      My Thoughts exactly. Now I will go and read the article and probably find it is just another article with no facts or merit.
      bobiroc
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @Aerowind I was thinking the exact same thing. [b]+1[/b]
      athynz
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @Aerowind Very well said! <i><b>+1</b></i> :)
      MrElectrifyer
  • Great. Run away now.

    This "explosive growth" makes me want to get off of all social media - I would like to have one place where I can visit the scientists and thinkers without the marketers mucking up the joint. Please keep Google+ on the down-low will ya?
    sondrasneed
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @sondrasneed : This is a concern. Right now, I don't see how Google makes anything off G+, so at some point they have to start accepting ads, and building linking services similar to those of Facebook in order to attract advertisers.<br><br>@suntips : Different people live in different information spaces. At the moment, I have connections to about 80% more people on G+ than I do on Facebook, and I find the quality of discourse on G+ to be higher. But, I'm not a promiscuous "friender" -- nobody has thousands of <i>real</i> friends. <br><br>There is room in the social networking space for both Facebook and Google+, and I look forward to competition between them improving both products (although Facebook's efforts since July seem to have made its user interface worse, not better).
      S_Deemer
      • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

        @S_Deemer : Google doesn't need to advertise on G+, they use it for collecting information about their users, their likes, their dislikes, their friends, the places they visit etc.

        They then use this information to target much more specific search results and ads to their users through their other services (search, gmail, etc).

        This in turn, makes their ads much more profitable, and in a sense their users get more of what they want to see meaning they keep coming back (and reading those ads).
        Leans_To_Center
      • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

        @Leans_To_Center

        And FB (and other social sites) don't collect info on their users? Really?
        benched42
  • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

    These numbers mean nothing especially when comparing it to facebook and myspace. Those came out a few years prior when people were still skiddish about social media. Remember this is just the initial bump like any new product will get, then as time goes on those numbers will get less and less and then finally people will stop going to google+ because they don't want Google spying on them. Yes Google does spy and they have been caught. Also their EULA says anything you pass through their servers becomes their property. Screw that.
    LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @LoverockDavidson_

      Yes it took Facebook 3 years to hit 50 million because for at least the first couple it was limited to a handful of colleges and not open to the public. Once it went public it exploded.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

        @bobiroc
        Facebook wasn't promoted on the most visited webpage in the world nor pushed trough othe Google product channels.

        The effort Google uses to push Google+ is worth hundreds of millions. Something that Facebook as a student startup never had.
        IE9
      • RE: Facebook wasn't promoted on the most visited...

        @IE9

        It is details like that SJVN will leave out to promote his FUD.
        bobiroc
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @LoverockDavidson_

      And, of course, Facebook and MySpace don't spy on their users by collecting data to target ads, do they?
      benched42
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @LoverockDavidson_ Doesn't make them worse than Facebook, which has the exact same thing on THEIR EULA. That's social networking for you
      Imrhien
  • Author Seems to be delusional

    Clearly a biased post. I havent had a single friend from thousands of friends on Facebook even care about Google+
    suntips
    • RE: Google+ shows explosive growth

      @suntips

      Welcome to SJVN.. He is completely biased about everything Google.
      bobiroc