Google+ officially has 40 million users

As part of its quarterly financial results today, Google announced that it now has 40 million registered users for its Google+ social networking service. The press release quotes Google CEO Larry Page as saying, "People are flocking into Google+ at an incredible rate and we are just getting started!". While those are impressive numbers, they are also smaller than some previously announced estimates that were created by third parties. For example, Paul Allen, the founder of Ancestry.com, claimed that according to his estimates and formula, Google+ had 50 million users back in late September.

Google+ launched back in late June as an invite-only service. A few weeks later, Google announced that it had already had 10 million people registered for the service, even in its invite-only time period. Less than a month ago, Google opened the floodgates and let anyone sign up to use Google+. While having 40 million people register to use Google+ in just a few months is impressive it still lags well behind Facebook which has over 750 million users worldwide.

Google+ is already gaining some traction in the games industry. The company opened up the service for games several weeks ago. Zynga, which gets most of its users and its revenues from Facebook, has already launched its popular Cityville game on Google+. Earlier this week it announced that its latest game, Mafia Wars 2, is now available for both Facebook and Google+ users.

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Sorry, but I still see absolutely no use for any of these type sites and ANYTHING Google, I'm NOT using!!

I think I have logged into FB with my fictitious name within the last 3 months, maybe. Does that count as an active user? I only have this account to see what all the hype about it was and to criticize people, places and companies I don't LIKE!!

Does not blow my hair back what so ever.

40 million users, 10,000 being active.

However, I'm not saying it's bad, just that it could be better. It's already sooo much better at tech and photography discussions than Twitter and Facebook combined. An amazing community is growing there. But it's a niched community - that's the problem. It's not a site the general public seems interested in. Besides creating accounts there, for some reason.

I'm happy with the site though, because I happen to like IT and photography.

don't know for all the others if you don't have friends or someone you know that feed new stuff everyday maybe you need to widen your circle (pun intended).

I post and see a lot of stuff everyday...

At least the entire Tech press whom has systematically been trying their hardest to prop Google up while tearing Microsoft down, will have somewhere to hang out and talk to each other. Don't need anther place for the Govt. to know exactly what I'm up to, Facebook will do.

jimmyfal said,
At least the entire Tech press whom has systematically been trying their hardest to prop Google up while tearing Microsoft down, will have somewhere to hang out and talk to each other. Don't need anther place for the Govt. to know exactly what I'm up to, Facebook will do.

+1

But Google doesn't give information to any governments... they do sell it though.

I think nobody uses it as my stream is inactive for a while and I very rarely go there and I do feel they tricked me into creating a google+ profile so maybe that is why the numbers are so inflated.

I am waiting for them to buzzwave this soon so we can move on and not have another social networking site.

And still my stream is a ghost town. I have things from weeks ago still "top news". Registered vs continuing users would be more interesting to see.

shockz said,
And still my stream is a ghost town. I have things from weeks ago still "top news". Registered vs continuing users would be more interesting to see.

My stream is the same person over and over again. Only one of the 70 people actually use it. That's a horrible ratio in my opinion.

Andrew Lyle said,

My stream is the same person over and over again. Only one of the 70 people actually use it. That's a horrible ratio in my opinion.

My stream is like Digg. Most of the posters are techies who love Google. Not that it's bad, it's actually good. If I want technical stuff, I logon to G+ once in the while.

thenonhacker said,

My stream is like Digg. Most of the posters are techies who love Google. Not that it's bad, it's actually good. If I want technical stuff, I logon to G+ once in the while.


I agree! I think Google+ is actually good for me. More active tech and photo discussions than Facebook, and much more fun to use than Twitter. (actually, if you try to form discussions on Twitter, you have already failed)

Axiom119 said,
40 million "REGISTERED" users. How many of them continue to use the service?
Statement goes for the 750 mil on FB

Axiom119 said,
40 million "REGISTERED" users. How many of them continue to use the service?

I registered but don't really get it and wasn't really my thing. I'm not gonna knock it as I haven't fully given it a try but I don't use it. I use FB everyday.

Axiom119 said,
40 million "REGISTERED" users. How many of them continue to use the service?

I log into Facebook once every few months. I'm sure I don't count as an active user in reality to Facebook either.

They all love to count their registered user numbers though as that will be naturally larger.

LeGourmand said,

Same goes with everything else...

Doesn't Facebook's only count active users? The definition of "active" may vary, but still, I thought they only counted active accounts.

LeGourmand said,
Same goes with everything else...

But not like this. Slashdot featured an article where 60% of Google+ users went back to Facebook after "reserving" a G+ account.