Google+ now has 20 million subscribers, says comScore

The third party web site traffic company comScore has now announced that Google's social networking service Google now has 20 million registered users. The report, as described by the Wall Street Journal, comes less than a month after Google+ launched and is still technically an invite only service. ComScore also claims that number includes over five million US users. The article quotes Andrew Lipsman, the vice president of industry analysis at comScore, as saying, "I've never seen anything grow this quickly." ComScore uses a "panel" of two million Internet users as a basis for its results.

Officially Google said last week that Google+ has 10 million users. A spokesperson for Google would not comment on comScore's numbers.

In related news. News.com reports that Google has decided to scale back its plans to start testing Google+ accounts for businesses. Google+ was started with an emphasis on individual accounts and had deleted pages that were made by corporations. Earlier this month the company announced it was developing a version of Google+ specifically for businesses and launched a web site for such groups to sign up to beta test this service.

However this week Google product manager Christian Oestlian stated in a Google+ post that they have received sign up requests from "tens of thousands of businesses, charities, and other organizations." He added, " ... we've been thinking hard about how to handle this process. Your enthusiasm obligates us to do more to get businesses involved in Google+ in the right way, and we have to do it faster. As a result, we have refocused a few priorities and we expect to have an initial version of businesses profiles up and running for EVERYONE in the next few months." He repeated the request for businesses to not create Google+ pages, saying, "The platform at the moment is not built for the business use case, and we want to help you build long-term relationships with your customers. Doing it right is worth the wait."

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Meh, the amount of subscribers is one thing but I'd love to see the release of new G+ features. I wonder what the stuff the labs are cooking up if any.

DomZ said,

Buzz had god knows how many users overnight because it was forced onto everything. The number of registered users doesn't mean a lot. The number of active users 6 months down the line will mean a hell of a lot more

Exactly, and calling someone who has registered, checked out the site once and then fooked off, and does not return,.... a subscriber... is disingenuous, to be nice about it.

majortom1981 said,
I just wish invites would get to people. It took days for me to get my invite that a family member sent.

Really? all mine was sent to people same day and done with.. odd.... but there has to be one hell of a lot of people trying to add people at the moment I guess... Over load there server like a bitch lol

Lets all tell the truth, for anyone that has used it here... Im guessing you like me think its really nice, and in a way could be a new Facebook... But then... and this is the big thing... to re tag all them pictures and get all your friends from one site to another is a lot of work... You would bascily have to re tag all those pictures and videos again, or do a me and start a fresh all over again... Its a fab website and im going to use it.. But to get all my friend from Facebook over there... its not going to happen lol

windows95isg8 said,
Lets all tell the truth, for anyone that has used it here... Im guessing you like me think its really nice, and in a way could be a new Facebook... But then... and this is the big thing... to re tag all them pictures and get all your friends from one site to another is a lot of work... You would bascily have to re tag all those pictures and videos again, or do a me and start a fresh all over again... Its a fab website and im going to use it.. But to get all my friend from Facebook over there... its not going to happen lol

Exactly. I can't understand why anyone thinks people will actually switch.

bushbrother said,
I like it ... nice and clean, agree its quite Twitter like

Thats the whole point... compete against facebook and twitter

Sacha said,
I'd like to try and use it but I can't even get an invite.

PM me your email and you'll get one

(counts for everyone who wants one)

Ambroos said,

PM me your email and you'll get one

(counts for everyone who wants one)

You can also PM me aswell, save Ambroos' inbox getting spammed to high hell

Dr Pepper said,

You can also PM me aswell, save Ambroos' inbox getting spammed to high hell


No, everyone PM me, I like to feel popular

majortom1981 said,
People join and then dont use it. Nobody I know is on it and seems like a pain to actually use.

It's okay, all the circles just take ages to set up properly. It's basically a privacy-controlled Twitter, doesn't do that much more atm.

majortom1981 said,
People join and then dont use it. Nobody I know is on it and seems like a pain to actually use.

I use it daily, and a half of my Google Contacts (about 100) joined G+, and receive more than half a dozen mails saying XXX added u on G+ on a daily basis.

This goes for groups. If one of your friends join and love it, try to invite all his friends, if one of your friends join and don't like it, don't use and his friends will do the same.

Pepeda said,

I use it daily, and a half of my Google Contacts (about 100) joined G+, and receive more than half a dozen mails saying XXX added u on G+ on a daily basis.

This goes for groups. If one of your friends join and love it, try to invite all his friends, if one of your friends join and don't like it, don't use and his friends will do the same.

I cant even figure out how to invite somebody. there is no direct invite button that i can find. Most of my facebook comntacts are family that are very computer iliterate.

majortom1981 said,

I cant even figure out how to invite somebody. there is no direct invite button that i can find. Most of my facebook comntacts are family that are very computer iliterate.

I have a button on the plus page, down right, saying invite friends to G+.

majortom1981 said,
People join and then dont use it. Nobody I know is on it and seems like a pain to actually use.

Sounds like you've not used it at all IMO
It's way easier to use than Facebook n Twitter...both my kids have signed up and most of their friends....And I even got my old man to signup and he's 72 and posts pic's n vids without a issue.

Ambroos said,

It's okay, all the circles just take ages to set up properly. It's basically a privacy-controlled Twitter, doesn't do that much more atm.

Twitter is limited to 140char
G+ I've written parragraphs and never hit the limit yet....
I Can upload pictures and videos in seconds

Then there is the Hangout, Its awesome when you get a bunch of friends on there with some drinks and all watch funny youtube vids together you can see their faces on cam and watch the vids at the same time lol

majortom1981 said,
People join and then dont use it. Nobody I know is on it and seems like a pain to actually use.

Very true, the people I know on there just registered, played around with it for a day or two before switching back to FB.

Imo G+ is not interesting, the feel is it's empty, filled with bugs and ofc lack of content

majortom1981 said,
People join and then dont use it. Nobody I know is on it and seems like a pain to actually use.

I was just about to post something along those lines. Many of my close friends have joined G+, but out of the 20 I have in my circles, none of them actually continued using G+ after a day or two. It was honestly great the first day or two, but then you realize it's not much different then Facebook--besides being owned by Google and lacking a ton of people.

majortom1981 said,

I cant even figure out how to invite somebody. there is no direct invite button that i can find. Most of my facebook comntacts are family that are very computer iliterate.

seriously...
main page on your right "Invite people to join Google+" with somekind of envellope with a G+ on a sheet of paper...

Google is surely thankful for all this free publicity about how much it has increased it's virtual p+++s size every damn morning.

cralias said,
Google is surely thankful for all this free publicity about how much it has increased it's virtual p+++s size every damn morning.

It's the typical slow-news-day kind of news.