Report: Google+ now has over 100 million users

Google's social networking service Google+ is still gaining new users by leaps and bounds. That's the word from Paul Allen, the third party researcher who has been calculating the number of Google+ users ever since the company launched Google+ back in June 2011. In his latest update today on his own Google+ page, Allen claims that the service now has over 100 million users.

Officially Google said during its recent quarterly financial results that Google+ had 90 million users as of January 19. Allen said today that according to his research, "They have been growing by more than 750,000 new users per day since the 19th, based on analysis of users with hundreds of different surnames."

While the growth of Google+ and its massive user base has been huge so far, Allen says that we haven't seen anything yet. He predicts:

If that rate holds steady, Google+ will end the year with 345 million users. But as I have said before, Google has many dials and levers to use this year to increase signups and usage, including its Android 4.0 rollout. I stand by my prediction of at least 400 million users by the end of 2012.

Google recently announced it would allow kids aged 13-17 to establish Google+ accounts. That in itself could cause a huge surge in new users.

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so google+ has 100M accounts which = a few thousand active accts just like WP Marketplace has 60,000 apps but a couple hundred decent to good ones. we need more useless polls!

I have a google+ account because I accidentally got one because google is a mine field and you'll be forced into one sooner or later. probably a huge % of those users are like me. this is why google doesn't disclose their meaning of active. likely these are just dead accounts people got without even knowing it.

I know of two people that use it with any frequency. This is vs dozens that use Facebook. I think G+ might have its own place but 100 million active users just blows my mind. So it's really just Android activations that are equating to G+ accounts. When you sign up for Google anything, it counts towards G+. It's all a bit misleading.

Google+ is for adults who want to have intelligent discussions or encounter new ideas with people they might not have ever met otherwise. Facebook is for teenagers to exclaim, "OMG, Justin Bieber is SOOOO HAWT!!!!" or describe their latest bowel movement to their 1500 "friends".

fuzi0719 said,
Google+ is for adults who want to have intelligent discussions or encounter new ideas with people they might not have ever met otherwise. Facebook is for teenagers to exclaim, "OMG, Justin Bieber is SOOOO HAWT!!!!" or describe their latest bowel movement to their 1500 "friends".

Get ready! Google+ will now allow ages 13-17 on its service.

fuzi0719 said,
Google+ is for adults who want to have intelligent discussions or encounter new ideas with people they might not have ever met otherwise. Facebook is for teenagers to exclaim, "OMG, Justin Bieber is SOOOO HAWT!!!!" or describe their latest bowel movement to their 1500 "friends".

I'll mostly agree with that. The two active people on G+ that I follow are exactly that. One is a scientist and the other a huge science advocate. None of my "friends" are into science so I spend all my time talking to myself.

I user google hangout daily... it's very convenient. Also I think the reason google+ signups are going up so fast is because when you create a gmail, account, it seems to automatically give you a google+ account as well.

I setup a few google accounts last week for calendar syncing, and noticed that everyone of them was automatically signed up to google plus.

I cant take any numbers they release seriously now.

Active? that would mean a lot of diference. I have one but no one I know uses it so its pointless to use it and I wont add ramdom people to my "circles" as this is not myspace. Social networking should be with people you actully know.

CMG_90 said,
Active? that would mean a lot of diference. I have one but no one I know uses it so its pointless to use it and I wont add ramdom people to my "circles" as this is not myspace. Social networking should be with people you actully know.

Facebook is there for that. Google+ is more like a Twitter in Facebook clothes, since the network of follows is asymmetric. And people don't really just follow close friends on Twitter.

I think this is behind a lot of confusion. People think it looks so much like Facebook, that they don't realize the actual network is built entirely differently with no mutual friend requests / approvals, and that it's not intended to restrict you to just close friends or family.

Yes, Google+ is more like Myspace in this regard. That's actually a pretty good example. A much better looking Myspace where you can group people in circles for better filtering depending on if you want to talk about the latest tech news, the latest entertainment events, or just watch funny cat pictures.

It's a bit like a forum meeting a social network.

I actively use my Google+ and so do a few of my friends/co-workers, enough that I receive a steady stream of information all day. I just got an addon for Chrome that duplicates my Google+ posts to Facebook, and once and a while I go check Facebook to see what's up.

google + is so lame! only about 3 of my 600 facebook friends have accounts, and none of them use it. i just checked my g+ and the last post was from november

jasonon said,
google + is so lame! only about 3 of my 600 facebook friends have accounts, and none of them use it. i just checked my g+ and the last post was from november

Whats lame is that you have 600 "friends". I bet you are only real life friends with those 3.

jasonon said,
google + is so lame! only about 3 of my 600 facebook friends have accounts, and none of them use it. i just checked my g+ and the last post was from november

Sounds like you're doing Google+ wrong. Google+ isn't Facebook.

Start by thinking of things you're interested in, go to websites listing interesting Google+ circles, add people discussing subjects you like... Add people posting interesting comments to subjects you like. It's more like an interest network than a traditional social network. If you just try to get your FB friends over there, you'll fail miserably.

CMG_90 said,

Whats lame is that you have 600 "friends". I bet you are only real life friends with those 3.


Exactly. He should have said acquaintances. But I suppose even that is pushing it.

simplezz said,

Exactly. He should have said acquaintances. But I suppose even that is pushing it.

people just have to show their e-penis by having a bucket load of friends on facebook.
i got 79 and thats plenty, most are relatives and RL friends(few e-friends i've known for many years). And i notice most people who use the same tactic and don't add everyone they ever spoke to, also hang around 60-90 friends on facebook.
Funny to see people with many hundreds of friends....

I dont use Facebook much, maybe i log in 3 or 4 times in week.

I have Google+ acc but i dont use it much and i must say it looks beter that Facebook.

I hope it will become biger as Facebook.

Google is basically "cheating" it's number for example ANY NEW YouTube account is automatically connected to Google+ so they indeed have over 100 million they may only have 30 million active users that actually updated their profile from default.

How is google cheating I have facebook account that I never use I do use google + a lot people I know switched to Google.

Melfster said,
How is google cheating I have facebook account that I never use I do use google + a lot people I know switched to Google.

Did you even read what he wrote?

Totalaero said,
Google is basically "cheating" it's number for example ANY NEW YouTube account is automatically connected to Google+ so they indeed have over 100 million they may only have 30 million active users that actually updated their profile from default.

I do think you are correct, but for example Spotify now require a Facebook account so they also get "free" accounts from other services. Smaller group though.

Personally I like Google+ more than Facebook because the type of posts there are more directed at articles, videos, photos often complemented with nice discussions and less about social life.

I actually never ever seen a post about someones personal life on G+. At the same time the community I talk to there is basically only people interested in computers. My point is that for me I don't see it as Facebook vs. Google+ because the information often is different. I think they kinda complement each other in a nice way

Totalaero said,
Google is basically "cheating" it's number for example ANY NEW YouTube account is automatically connected to Google+ so they indeed have over 100 million they may only have 30 million active users that actually updated their profile from default.

Facebook uses the same metrics. Facebook claims to have 850+ million users. However, probably only a third of that actually uses it on a daily basis.

Regardless, I think the competition is good for us, the consumer.

Enron said,
100 million users, or 100 million accounts? There is a difference.

I'm sure they meant to say accounts. I have an account that I never used...

Enron said,
100 million users, or 100 million accounts? There is a difference.

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.

UndergroundWire said,

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.

facebook appears to have more activity than google+

UndergroundWire said,

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.


I have one of each, one because of contests I wanted to enter and the other because they made it for me because I had a rarely used email account I updated when I wanted to make sure they weren't sharing my info by default. I've also disabled all sharing of my profile on that Hotmail profile thingy too... if you don't know me, you don't need to read about me.

I don't care for either and will never use either on a regular basis. Does this mean I don't have to sit in a bubble?

UndergroundWire said,

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.


Before I respond to this I'd like to point out that I really have no idea on the time spent on FB/user vs. time spent on Google+/user, so this is really just speculation.

IMO the reason people (including myself) assume that FB has more 'dedicated' users and not just a bunch of dead accounts is because G+ feels more like it's forced upon users. FB is an independent website - they don't run a search engine that some 2/3 of the US uses, and all of their products are related to the "main" Facebook social network. Google+, on the other hand, is owned by a company which also runs the largest search engine. When users search on Google, if they don't have a Google+ account, they'll see a large blue banner instructing them to sign up for Google+. Many people will click that and sign up just to _see what it's like_, and many times they simply don't come back after seeing more of their friends are on FB. Thus

Google+ = people are asked to sign up when they use their search engine, online video portal, email, book search, and other accounts. Many times they simply aren't trying to sign up for a social network; they're just making sure they're nothing super awesome about it.

Facebook = people sign up by going to the Facebook homepage and signing up. There's no "PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR NEW SOCIAL NETWORK CALLED FACEBOOK" message when users search, watch videos, or check their email.

therefore, Facebook users generally want to use Facebook on a daily basis. Google+ users generally just signed up because they were told to by Google.
just my 2 cents

UndergroundWire said,

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.


What does being a Microsoft fanboy have to do with Google+ and facebook?

Not to mention, if you sign up for a google account you'll also be signed up for a Google+ one, whether you like it or not. Facebook isn't forced upon you in anyway.

UndergroundWire said,

Why doesn't anyone ever say that about Facebook? Oh, it's because people that want to point that out are crybaby Microsoft Fanboys or Google haters.

THAT IS ALL! You may now continue with your sad bubble world.

heh, you just sound like a overzealous Google fanboy who is really defensive for no real reason

AnarKhy said,

facebook appears to have more activity than google+

I remember a time when people saying the same about MySpace over FB.........
Personally I believe that both services have a lot of abandoned, unused accounts.

AnarKhy said,

facebook appears to have more activity than google+


Not in my feed. My Google+ feed has similar activity. I guess it depends on who you follow. If you just follow friends also not using Google+, well then it's not going to be very active.

I thought Google+ would be more silent by now, but I have to say they seem to have reached critical mass, so to speak. Enough people for discussions to take place. It's not unusual to see a fairly popular blogger post about something and get 40 comments on Google+.

I think Google+ is very different from Facebook in how most use it though. If you think it's for friends and family to share your everyday events like on Facebook, it WILL likely be very silent. Add tech journalists, photography circles, and other such interest groups and things will change.

CronicHazel said,

heh, you just sound like a overzealous Google fanboy who is really defensive for no real reason

Nah just can't stand it when I hear foolish people talk. You see a report on Facebook having 800 Million users yet I never see any comments saying "Yeah but how many are active?"