How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

Summary: Over the weekend, Google Plus briefly overloaded. Just how popular is Google's new social network already?

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Some people, like yours truly, already love Google Pus (G+). There are also a lot of people who desperately want to be on G+ but haven't managed it yet. Some people have suggested that Google has been creating G+ hype with an artificial shortage of G+ invites, that Google could let the world in if they wanted too. I disagree. After all, would Google have left G+ go briefly haywire over the weekend if they really had the resources to keep everyone happy? I don't think so!

On Saturday, Google started spamming G+ e-mail inboxes with a flood of email notifications. What happened? According to Vic Gundotra, Google Senior VP of Social, which includes overseeing G+:

For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.

We didn't expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.

Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.

That's a pretty mind-boggling admission. Google? Google!? Running out of disk space? Amazing!

So, how many users would it take to run G+ out of disk room anyway? It must have been a bunch, but, for now, we don't know how many uses G+ already has.

My friend Jason Hiner, better known to most of you as the editor-in-chief of TechRepublic, suggests, based on data collected by Mohamed Mansour, who created a tool to import Facebook friends information to Google, that G+ already had reached one million users. Not bad for a service that's not even two weeks old yet and is still in beta.

Actually, though, we now know thanks to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt that G+ has millions of users. How many millions?

Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com, a leading genealogy site, suggests, base on his research that G+ may already be closing in on 5-million users. By his preliminary calculations, Allen thinks in G+'s first full week the new social network is growing at a rate of 280%.

Perhaps the more interesting question though isn't how big G+ is now, it's "How big will G+ get?" On July 6th, Facebook claimed to have 750-million users. I wonder, I really do, if by this time next year G+ will have overtaken Facebook. I'm quite serious. G+ is that good.

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  • You know..

    Weird thing, maybe becasue I'm a techie so my circles are mostly academics and tech-related people, but for real, I think over half of the people closest to me(about 80) are already there. And I only invited few of them..
    cameigons
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons

      Please send me an invite? thanks :)

      ismet_dere@yahoo.com
      ismetd
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @ismetd

        Invited.
        czorrilla
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @ismetd : i can send u 1... unless u got it already.
        P.S. i c that u're already invited
        codeplay
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @codeplay spare one for me? sorete408@gmail.com thx
        gesell
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons

      Please send me an invite. hawodi@gmail.com
      xfactorx
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @xfactorx

        could i get an invite too?

        vonadrianflores@gmail.com
        vonadrianflores@...
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @xfactorx You received an invitation, that I could send you and me? Perhaps Google+1 has reached a few million users but has up to one billion witch has Facebook. <a href="http://www.carrental-coupons.org">Car Rental Coupons</a> | <a href="http://www.crearesiteweb.net/">Creare Site</a>
        karismasand07
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @xfactorx I think you can know how many peoples use google +1 entering an official site. Personally I think it is close to 1 billion. <a href="http://www.zuarticles.com">Submit Articles</a>
        kuntakinte77
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons
      Hi, I will be grateful if u could send mr a g+ invitation. Slickmagic(at)gmail.com . Thanks in advance
      slickmagic
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @slickmagic
        Hi, could you send me an invite please: gara44mag@gmail.com.
        Thanks.
        gara44mag@...
      • Invite to G

        @slickmagic

        You do realize you can go to eBay and buy one for $0.99/$1 under "Buy It Now", right???
        Mihi Nomen Est
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons

      I would also love an invite, if possible. i3ringit@gmail.com
      i3ringit
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @i3ringit

        I'd like to thank you for the invite. I was surprised to be let into the program so quickly, I was expecting some sort of queue.. Thanks again, I'm loving what I've seen so far!
        i3ringit
      • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

        @i3ringit any chance you (or anyone else for that matter) could hook me up with an invite? Much appreciated dmitch.tahoe@gmail.com

        Cheers!
        tahoe_guide@...
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons Send me an invite. randy.rivera@ymail.com

      Thanks bro!
      randy2011
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons do you have any more invite!! I've been looking and looking. If you could, please invite me?
      iamanerd
    • RE: How many millions of people are already using Google Plus?

      @cameigons
      Any invites left for a total stranger? quadwind@gmail.com Thanks in advance if you do.
      quadwind
  • How big? I've just done the math.

    A Bazzillion people.
    And currently, I am *not* one of them. (taps fingers....)

    Any day now...
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
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      Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate