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Google Plus at 18 million users, projected to hit 100 million soon

Google Plus at 18 million users

Paul Allen, the well known “unofficial Google Plus statistician” and founder of Ancestry.com is reporting that Google Plus has reached 18 million users making it the fastest growing social network in history. Although growth has subsided from its early boom, in a short time, Google Plus has as many people as the entire combined population of Chile.

Google critics point out that Google Plus’ size is still only 2.4% of the size of Facebook while supporters note that the current size of Google Plus is astronomical based on how long it has been around.

Google Plus is majority male users

Further, Allen reports that Google Plus has been dominated by male users but that women are catching up rapidly, conflicting with reports that contradict Allen’s report, and he notes previous reports are “flawed.” Currently, Allen says that 66.4% of users are male and 33.6% female.

Google Plus has announced they will soon be making gender an optional choice in profile pages not only out of respect for modern gender issues, but for privacy. We believe, however, that based on user behavior, Google will still profile users and segment them based on demographics to feed their advertising platform.

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When will Google Plus hit 100 million users?

If the current rate of growth continued at approximately 763,000 new users every day, Google Plus would only take four to five months to reach 100 million users, putting them squarely against Facebook and Twitter.

By default, Google has always undone the progress of companies that provide similar offerings and sometimes they run parallel (like Google Docs versus Microsoft Office) while others are supplanted by Google (for example, Google Plus is now believed to be capable of supplanting Skype).

Google is in growth mode

Google is in growth mode and there is no question that their current moves are making waves and threatening companies in the technology sector, regardless of whether or not Google has set their sights on those companies.

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58 Comments

58 Comments

  1. Joe Loomer

    July 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    And here I thought I got in on the ground floor….

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  2. Greg Eckler

    July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I've started playing with G+ and really like it. I have communicated more today on G+ than I have in the past year on FB – Its great that I can limit my communication to the correct audience and not just blast to everyone I have ever met who is also on FB. Good work Google!!!

  3. Roland Estrada

    July 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I like Google+. I got a past client to join me. I going to keep sending out invites to clients and prospects and try to engage them with content. And of course, no more stupid games!

  4. Cliff Stevenson

    July 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Still trying to figure it out, and I'm not sure how much I'll be using it. Probably going to be defined by the number of people that "hang out" there…..which according to this article is probably going to be quite a few!

  5. Social Network

    July 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Google plus has done remarkably good and has grabbed a major share of web users. People are really coming out of their previous social networks and becoming the part of this Giant. I am sure that day is not so far when Google Plus will cover the maximum portion in this field too as it Google has already did in the field of Adwords, analytics and other web utilities.
    Above all nice sharing from you with solid points. Thanks alot…

  6. Justin Adams

    July 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    +1 will dominate for sure – we're adding it to our virtual tours very soon.

  7. DJ

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I've had a google+ account for a little while now and I don't know if it's going to be as huge as some people are predicting. I don't think it has enough to make people switch from Facebook and twitter. And the fact that it's still not openly available isn't helping. But I guess only time will tell.

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