Mashable is reporting that Google is poised to hit 10 Million users in just 2 weeks of being open; possible becoming one of the fastest-growing networks ever. Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook and other social media platforms. With significant controversy surrounding Facebook’s privacy policies, now might be a better time than ever for Google+ to win the hearts of social networkers world-wide.
Paul Allen–of Ancestry.com–” sampled a number of surnames from the U.S. Census Bureau data and compared it to surnames of Google+ users. By comparing surname popularity in the U.S. with the number of users on Google+ with each surname, he can guesstimate the percentage of the U.S. population that signed up for Google+. Finally, he calculated a ratio of U.S. to non-U.S. users to generate an estimate for the number of Google+ users worldwide.”
The result is over 9.5 Million users and that number increasing exponentially. While the data is unofficial, it is the most reasonable estimate to come out thus far. Google is currently quiet about the number of current users, but are expected to comment at some point in the near future. Regardless, 10 Million users can easily turn into 20 Million users considering the nature of social networking sites. Google has done a better job releasing Google+ compared to some of their other products like Wave and that traction they have gained could mean genuine competition in the social media market.
What is the fate of Social Media? We can only speculate, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with Google+. Let us know your opinions below!
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