Google+ growth slowing down, says report

After launching a month ago and reportedly gaining a quick 20 million registered users (according to third party metrics), a new report claims that the massive growth in Google+ might be slowing down a bit. News.com reports that according to data from Experian Hitwise, Google+ had a slight decrease in unique visitors in the last week. Google+ users also reportedly spent less time on the site last week than they did in previous weeks.

Experian Hitwise states that for the week ending July 23,  Google+ had a total of 1.79 million visits. That's a small 3 percent decrease compared to the 1.86 million visits that the social networking service had in the previous week. Also Experian Hitwise claims that the average Google+ user spent a total of 5 minutes and 15 seconds per visit on the service. That's down 10 percent from the average visit time of 5 minutes and 50 seconds for the previous week.

Google would not comment on Experian Hitwise's numbers when asked by News.com. However the company did say that using the number of visitors as a way to determine traffic for a site is not the same as traffic from the number of real users. Google also states Experian Hitwise' numbers don't take into account the number of people who use mobile apps to access Google+. The numbers also miss out on users who visit Google+ via another Google service such a person's Gmail account. Officially Google said in its financial results last week that Google+ had over 10 million users at the time of the report.

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I already deleted my G+ account. we dont need other service that is a just a copy of a well stablished one, i think.
Also choose to use Bing. (only if not find i go to google)
Nothing better than chrome for now.

I set up an account 2 weeks ago and haven't logged in since. I think it's just too many social sites now. I started to feel like I'm carrying 3 cellphones around lol.

We shall see what happens when it opens up to the general public. I personally want to see Facebook fall for their shady practices. Doesn't mean that is going to happen, at least, not anytime soon (if ever).

Not a lot of my friends and family have a gmail account to access G+. Most of them don't want to sign up for another email address.

Tager said,
Not a lot of my friends and family have a gmail account to access G+. Most of them don't want to sign up for another email address.

That's why I haven't done it yet. I already have a Google account through my Hotmail address so I don't see why I should have to create yet another e-mail address I'm never going to use in order to sign up.

It's in beta still or did I miss something? Jeez, only Google would have a problem with only 20 million users for a (mostly) closed beta.

Well you still can't get in on your own. I don't have any access and i have been to plus.google.com to see if i can register for the last 2+ weeks. So no not everybody is there.

irvmic said,
Well you still can't get in on your own. I don't have any access and i have been to plus.google.com to see if i can register for the last 2+ weeks. So no not everybody is there.

Did you need an invite?

Soulsiphon said,

Did you need an invite?


Would love an invitation. Sent you a pm with my mail address. Thanks a lot in advance.

They need to account the mobile access. Their app is really great and easy to use. I read only twitter, via Seesmic and G+, because the apps are really nice to use.

I don't access social networks in desktop anymore, and social circles filtering fits perfectly with mobile access. When I access Facebook cluttered timeline on mobile I give up instantly.

It is a little obvious isn't it? The massive growth was basically due to people's curiosity, now that "everybody" has seen what G+ has to offer (at least for now), it's natural that the growth slows down.

This is to be expected considering they're in beta stages. Honestly, I love G+, I use it daily, I check it when I am on Gmail, or on the main site, or any other of the Google Services. I have already abandoned Facebook altogether, and so has most my friends/family. Haven't heard one complaint yet either.

Google needs to make Google+ public NOW. Not in a month or two. NOW. Otherwise, like others have said, the beta users will get bored and leave and by the time G+ actually opens up no one will care. Just like what happened to Wave.

Google+ needs to go live, like, very soon. I'm on there and posting stuff but nobody seems to be interested in replying. It's pretty lame.

The Teej said,
Google+ needs to go live, like, very soon. I'm on there and posting stuff but nobody seems to be interested in replying. It's pretty lame.

Going live very soon will just all of a suddent bring tons of friends and replies? If people left, they just got bored and it might not be because of limited friends.

Google needs to make it public now. If they wait too much longer, the earlier adopters will loss interest and leave. And when it finally does go public, the opinion of it being abandoned/empty of users will kill it before it even starts.

spacer said,
Google needs to make it public now. If they wait too much longer, the earlier adopters will loss interest and leave. And when it finally does go public, the opinion of it being abandoned/empty of users will kill it before it even starts.

What? It is not invite only nor private only. I got google+ account, and I invited my friend from Facebook, but only a hand full did. But after a wk or two, they abandon google+ and told they didn't like it and would rather be on Facebook.

For me, Google+ is turning into something of a dud. I check it once a day, but as far as I can see, everyone except The Oatmeal and Linus Torvalds has stopped posting now. I have about 20 friends in my circles, and none of them post anything anymore.

Majesticmerc said,
For me, Google+ is turning into something of a dud. I check it once a day, but as far as I can see, everyone except The Oatmeal and Linus Torvalds has stopped posting now. I have about 20 friends in my circles, and none of them post anything anymore.

I hear what you're saying, but I have a group of close friends that weren't active whatsoever on Facebook who have become quite active on Google+.

0veR said,
Its still in beta and registration is only by invite.

invite only and they got 20 million, at this stage when it become final and open nobody will register

I love most google products, except G+ & +1

ramik said,

invite only and they got 20 million, at this stage when it become final and open nobody will register

I love most google products, except G+ & +1


+1 is one of the best feature Google has introduced. Why do you hate that?

Richio said,
No friends on it... soooo nothing to do

R u sure???? because i thought the same before joining G+ and then when i finally got an invite many of my friends were already using it.

UndergroundWire said,
I hope it succeeds. Google+ really is so much better than Facebook.

I challenge you to give me a "few" unique selling points Google has. I'm not hating on any Social Media portal...just asking for clarification of your point.

Wiggz said,

I challenge you to give me a "few" unique selling points Google has. I'm not hating on any Social Media portal...just asking for clarification of your point.

Sure not a problem.

- Circles (Yes Facebook has something similar however it is limited to the desktop. I don't use Facebook on the desktop. There is no real way on the smartphone to limit who sees your status updates)

- Editing a status update (There is no reason why you should have to delete a status update just to enter a new one because of a typo, further clarification, etc.)

-Hangout (This feature is pretty cool, I mean seriously I was in a group video chat with 30 people. The group chat is pretty cool too but can you imagine when this thing is ready for business? Conference calls.)

-Nearby feature (What a great way to see what people are saying nearby, I would make this better using some sort of hash tags to get a more focused result. Supposedly they are working on it. Combining Sparks with Nearby a huge +).

These are the things I can think of now.

UndergroundWire said,

Sure not a problem.

- Circles (Yes Facebook has something similar however it is limited to the desktop. I don't use Facebook on the desktop. There is no real way on the smartphone to limit who sees your status updates)

- Editing a status update (There is no reason why you should have to delete a status update just to enter a new one because of a typo, further clarification, etc.)

-Hangout (This feature is pretty cool, I mean seriously I was in a group video chat with 30 people. The group chat is pretty cool too but can you imagine when this thing is ready for business? Conference calls.)

-Nearby feature (What a great way to see what people are saying nearby, I would make this better using some sort of hash tags to get a more focused result. Supposedly they are working on it. Combining Sparks with Nearby a huge +).

These are the things I can think of now.


hmmm, 30 users? is there really any limit cap to the hangout spot? also with that much users on at once, would it eat up bandwidth like crazy? How would this work out if you have to deal with ****ty caps.

Wiggz said,

I challenge you to give me a "few" unique selling points Google has. I'm not hating on any Social Media portal...just asking for clarification of your point.

Personally, the best features for me are its integration with Picasa and the Circles.

From my Android device, all of my pictures I take with the camera automatically get uploaded to a private album on Picasa. Through Google+ (either from my phone or laptop), I can instantly share pictures from my phone. I can specify which circle(s) I want to share these with, making it easy to share to all except members of my family, for example. These pictures can optionally be geotagged as well giving the viewer the ability to view the location in Google Maps.

Another great feature is I can download my entire Google+ profile, or all of the photos in a ZIP file.

Ultravires said,


hmmm, 30 users? is there really any limit cap to the hangout spot? also with that much users on at once, would it eat up bandwidth like crazy? How would this work out if you have to deal with ****ty caps.

I'm in the US and don't have to worry about caps. I don't know if there is a limit.

Were doing another hangout tonight at 9PM EST.
If you want to follow me, I'm at: http://gplus.to/undergroundwire

Turge said,

Another great feature is I can download my entire Google+ profile, or all of the photos in a ZIP file.

Facebook does this too. But yeah, I do love the Picasa integration.

UndergroundWire said,

Facebook does this too. But yeah, I do love the Picasa integration.

Never noticed the option before. Thanks.

UndergroundWire said,

Sure not a problem.

- Circles (Yes Facebook has something similar however it is limited to the desktop. I don't use Facebook on the desktop. There is no real way on the smartphone to limit who sees your status updates)

- Editing a status update (There is no reason why you should have to delete a status update just to enter a new one because of a typo, further clarification, etc.)

-Hangout (This feature is pretty cool, I mean seriously I was in a group video chat with 30 people. The group chat is pretty cool too but can you imagine when this thing is ready for business? Conference calls.)

-Nearby feature (What a great way to see what people are saying nearby, I would make this better using some sort of hash tags to get a more focused result. Supposedly they are working on it. Combining Sparks with Nearby a huge +).

These are the things I can think of now.


Circles - that will be the downfall of G+. If everyone starts restricting their posts to only a certain group, it won't be fun to scroll through the news feed since there will be insanely less posts to read and lurk. That's what makes Facebook fun, and everyone secretly knows it.

Editing a status - There's a VERY good reason Facebook doesn't allow that. Imagine this. I write a status saying,

"I love cookies!"

Then everyone comments saying,

"Me too!"
"I love eating them!"

Now I edit my status to something vulgur...

"I love p****"

All their comments now say that they love that too.


Hangout and Nearby are the only unique features, and Facebook has more other features that outway those.

andrewbares said,

Circles - that will be the downfall of G+. If everyone starts restricting their posts to only a certain group, it won't be fun to scroll through the news feed since there will be insanely less posts to read and lurk. That's what makes Facebook fun, and everyone secretly knows it.

Editing a status - There's a VERY good reason Facebook doesn't allow that. Imagine this. I write a status saying,

"I love cookies!"

Then everyone comments saying,

"Me too!"
"I love eating them!"

Now I edit my status to something vulgur...

"I love p****"

All their comments now say that they love that too.


Hangout and Nearby are the only unique features, and Facebook has more other features that outway those.

You are wrong about Circles. On Facebook when I want to post something to a restricted group of friends, it's put on hold until I get home to do it. Your logic doesn't make sense. If I don't want something to show that my boss or relatives can see, I won't post it.

You're logic on the editing a status update is great. I never thought of it that way. Thanks for the idea.

andrewbares said,


Circles - that will be the downfall of G+. If everyone starts restricting their posts to only a certain group, it won't be fun to scroll through the news feed since there will be insanely less posts to read and lurk. That's what makes Facebook fun, and everyone secretly knows it.

Editing a status - There's a VERY good reason Facebook doesn't allow that. Imagine this. I write a status saying,

"I love cookies!"

Then everyone comments saying,

"Me too!"
"I love eating them!"

Now I edit my status to something vulgur...

"I love p****"

All their comments now say that they love that too.


Hangout and Nearby are the only unique features, and Facebook has more other features that outway those.

Facebook has to try and expose as much user content as possible to make money. Google doesn't. Different business models. Exclusion of content does not hurt Google like it would Facebook.