Google+ hits 100 million active monthly users

Google has said that its social network, Google+, has reached 100 million active monthly users, with a total of 400 million users signing up since June 2011.

Google's senior vice president of engineering said,

It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn't have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months. While Google+ is all about creating a better experience across Google, it's also a destination.

While this is still far off Facebook numbers, Google+ is far from dead. From my experience it's still a niche for technology focused people and photographers, if it will ever crack the mainstream is still yet to be seen. A problem with these numbers however is that we still don't know what Google classes as an 'active user', it could be something as little as only clicking a +1 button in a whole month.

Google also recently announced the acquisition of Nik Software, makers of iOS and OS X photo-app Snapseed. The team will work on Google+, likely to do add its technology from Snapseed to the platform's mobile apps and web interface.

Source: TechWorld

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As i follow quite a few interesting people i can believe this figure.
Google Plus is only as good as you make it, which i prefer to the spam fest that is Facebook/Twitter.

I think they are including each time you go into any Google Service active... as they have the notification box... therefore somehow you are active in the service even though you aren't going into G+ directly..

yottabytewizard said,
I think they are including each time you go into any Google Service active... as they have the notification box... therefore somehow you are active in the service even though you aren't going into G+ directly..

The 100 million applies to people who have used/interacted with the G+ stream in some way.

I wonder how many of those are "Active" because they clicked on a G+ e-mail about what's going on in your feed.

I get one occasionally and I'll rarely click the link and log in. But I never use G+ in a way that would make me attractive to advertisers.

Activated BOT nah jk. I kinda go to visit once in a while. The first version was really really cool. They edited it afterwards (sparks just aren't the same ) still waiting for them to make something revolutionary on there.

ingramator said,
By active, they mean clicked on their google profile once, which automatically forwarded them to plus...

Wouldn't surprise me, I know Facebook counts any interaction with like buttons or logging into 3rd party sites with Facebook.

Rappy said,
Everytime I log in there its empty, maybe I need to follow active people!

I see lots of activity, but likely as I follow quite a few people.

xstex said,

I see lots of activity, but likely as I follow quite a few people.

I don't follow too many, 6 or 7, but I still see lots of activity. Haters gonna hate.

I love the direction Google are going in with their products, now the majority of them feature an attractive design philosophy. If Android looked more like their online services, in terms of design (like Google Now for Android does), and if Chrome OS worked more like Windows 8's new "Metro" experience, I'd seriously consider switching to Google products. However, for that to happen, Google might have to introduce a Facebook Timeline competitor and a Facebook Open Graph competitor, both as features in Google+. I love those two Facebook features too much for me to even want to use another social network; however, the design of Google+ is much better than the design of Facebook, and Google+ shows great promise.

Active? Not hating on G+ (actually like the platform) but sure doesn't feel like they are very "active" each time I've logged in there. Still feels a bit like nuclear war aftermath in there... Outside of several people who post articles and stuff regularly (to multiple sites including G+), I don't see much organic traffic on there...