Google+ has 135 million active users

Google launched its Google+ social networking service about 18 months ago and today the company is offering up some updated, and slightly confusing, stats about the number of Google+ users.

Google's official blog reports:

Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever. More than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1'ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search...), and 135 million are active in just the stream.

Yes, Google actually said "thingy". The important number to keep in mind is "135 million". That's the amount of Google+ users that are actually active in Google+ itself, rather than just connecting to Google+ via other services from the company. By contrast, Facebook announced in October that it now has over one billion active monthly users.

Google also took the time to introduce a new Google+ feature. It's the service's version of groups, Google+ Communities. It allows users to join or create new groups with their favorite topics and chat with other members who share their interests.

Google's blog also announced that it has launched the Snapseed app to Android devices. This photo enhancer app was previously released for iOS and Google later acquired the app's developer Nik Software. Snapseed is now free to download for iOS and Android.

Source: Google

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Apple's Tim Cook strongly hints at TV product plans

Next Story

Intel: We will offer removable CPUs "for the foreseeable future"

36 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

So where are the usual Google people who complain about some article not being news if some other company did it first? Facebook had 135 million active users years ago, so this should not be news.

I use G+ to "get away" from FB, FB is only around because *all* my friends are on it. Circles and whatnot are great. It's a bit of a learning curve but it's not meant to be facebook so don't compare it!! You can't compare twitter and instagram because they use hashtags, G+ and FB are both social but very very different.

I'm sure this is true because I run a business which is dependent on reviews. Google forces people to "join" Google + if they want to leave a review which sucks ass because I have lost a lot of reviews because customers don't want to join. Lame and fail.

So... 1 billion - 125 million = 875 million. Still a long way to go to be called fastly growing. And I hope they are not counting the users they try to mistakenly force to create a free google+ account with youtube.

Lucas said,
So... 1 billion - 125 million = 875 million. Still a long way to go to be called fastly growing. And I hope they are not counting the users they try to mistakenly force to create a free google+ account with youtube.

its 235 million

The active user definition is a bit vague but the 135 million figure is clear, that's people actively checking or posting stuff to their feed.

thealexweb said,
The active user definition is a bit vague but the 135 million figure is clear, that's people actively checking or posting stuff to their feed.

Define actively checking. Once a day, once a week, once a month, etc. Without detailed statistics the numbers are meaningless.

jakem1 said,

Define actively checking. Once a day, once a week, once a month, etc. Without detailed statistics the numbers are meaningless.

Does Facebook define this, does Microsoft or does any other major company? That's another problem XD

I think Google also considers me an active user. They once send me an email and it linked me to Google+ website. It started making posts for me so I imagine that makes me part of 'the stream'. If this is the case then I'm also an active member of Microsoft's SOCL.

Ronnet said,
I think Google also considers me an active user. They once send me an email and it linked me to Google+ website. It started making posts for me so I imagine that makes me part of 'the stream'. If this is the case then I'm also an active member of Microsoft's SOCL.

OMG we're in the same boat!

I'm an "active" G+ user, and an "active" So.cl user, too!

wow it has pretty much stalled. plus what is an active user? with google requiring google+ accounts for things like reviewing an android app, the number is certainly inflated.

this is a move of desperation. google+ is dead.

it will never be used as an worldwide system. Sorry. People are just used to Facebook and dont need to change.
Im a fan of Google but their Social tool is not adquate or easy to work like facebook. It will be used by the anti-facebookians or just trenddy people who need to feel diferent from the others.

I love this:

Google Plus will be used by the anti-facebookians or just trendy people who need to feel different from the others.

Correction: Not exactly trendy people, but "elitist minority".

How do they count the active users though? People signed in to G+ via other services or people who physically go there and interact with others. To me G+ is a ghost land - most friends that I have there have a profile but nobody posts anything except a couple of people. Most posts are from companies I follow so it isn't much of a place for friends as far as I'm concerned...

Obry said,
How do they count the active users though? People signed in to G+ via other services or people who physically go there and interact with others. To me G+ is a ghost land - most friends that I have there have a profile but nobody posts anything except a couple of people. Most posts are from companies I follow so it isn't much of a place for friends as far as I'm concerned...

I have a g+ account because google required me to have one for something totally unrelated. I guess I'm an active user.

I cancelled my G+ account because google hijacked pretty much every useful google product with the G+ stuff and made it worse. Picasa is perfect, when you G+ it, its useless, you can't even have slideshows or geotagging (for example).

gmail had some whacky integration that I hated and couldn't get rid of.

even its search page has G+ integration.

ALL GONE since I deleted my G+ account - good riddance!

No one I know uses G+, it seems its being foist upon us, and has no benefit.
Google just doesn't get it.

Edited by dvb2000, Dec 7 2012, 5:04am :

It's definitely a good system, but the thing is....nobody on my friends list is on there and the people who are on there...barely go on it to check things.

Until that changes, facebook it is. I think that if facebook is tweaked somewhat with some nice changes and removals, it could definitely be light-years better than what it is right now.

aviator189 said,
It's definitely a good system, but the thing is....nobody on my friends list is on there and the people who are on there...barely go on it to check things.

Until that changes, facebook it is. I think that if facebook is tweaked somewhat with some nice changes and removals, it could definitely be light-years better than what it is right now.

exactly. just like MSFT so.cl is better than pinterest, nobody is on it.

What's sad is that G+ seems to be doing a better job at keeping me in contact with friends and family better than Facebook, but my use might just be too different for FB, which I can't stand

z0phi3l said,
What's sad is that G+ seems to be doing a better job at keeping me in contact with friends and family better than Facebook, but my use might just be too different for FB, which I can't stand

except nobody is on g+

People are getting tired of Facebook and Twitter--they want something new. I wouldn't be surprised if this takes off as a new trend. Personally, I've only posted a few things, but from what I've used, Google has a pretty solid "thingy".

Tyler R. said,
People are getting tired of Facebook and Twitter--they want something new. I wouldn't be surprised if this takes off as a new trend. Personally, I've only posted a few things, but from what I've used, Google has a pretty solid "thingy".

this is not a trend. google just bundles it around to get big numbers. but it is not being used as a social network most of the time.

neonspark said,

this is not a trend. google just bundles it around to get big numbers. but it is not being used as a social network most of the time.

Indeed, i believe you get signed up for Google+ when you signup to YouTube and a number of other Google services now!

InsaneNutter said,

Indeed, i believe you get signed up for Google+ when you signup to YouTube and a number of other Google services now!

Yes thats what the 500 million figure accounts for, the 135 million figure is people actively making the decision to check their stream.

Tyler R. said,
People are getting tired of Facebook and Twitter--they want something new. I wouldn't be surprised if this takes off as a new trend. Personally, I've only posted a few things, but from what I've used, Google has a pretty solid "thingy".

LOL that's pretty solid wishful thinking.

G+ lost the same time MySpace lost.

Google Plus is a ghost town.
https://www.google.com/search?q=google%20plus%20ghost%20town

It's a place with ghost users.

I know, I have a G+ account, too. The problem with Google is that they think that "Social Network" is their website. Facebook gets it -- "Social" means the people. No active people, no social "thingy".

thenonhacker said,

LOL that's pretty solid wishful thinking.

G+ lost the same time MySpace lost.

Google Plus is a ghost town.
https://www.google.com/search?q=google%20plus%20ghost%20town

It's a place with ghost users.

I know, I have a G+ account, too. The problem with Google is that they think that "Social Network" is their website. Facebook gets it -- "Social" means the people. No active people, no social "thingy".

no understanding on how to use G+ doesn't mean it is a ghost town. it is a place to start meet new people with the same interest. the concept is pretty much different from Facebook..