Report: Google+ now has over 50 million users

The massive growth of Google+ continues unabated since Google decided last week to open up its social networking service to everyone. In a new Google+ post from Paul Allen, who has been tracking the user growth rate of the service with his own mathematical formula, he claims that Google+ likely broke the 50 million user mark on Sunday. He states, " ... since being opened to the general public (over age 18) last week, Google+ has been growing by at least 4 (percent) per day, meaning that around 2 million new users have been signing up each day."

The rapid growth rate for Google+ might mean Facebook, which has at least 750 million users worldwide, will finally have some real competition in the social networking space. Allen believes that the huge number of Internet users flocking to sign up to Google+ means one thing. He says, "Given this momentum, it is hard for me to imagine a scenario where Google+ doesn't end up with hundreds of millions of users. It's just a matter of time." He points out that Google has a ton of other products, including its Chrome web browser, its Android mobile operating system, its Gmail web-based email service and others that should allow for more users to sign up for Google+.

In a separate study over at the analyst group Eperian Hitwise, the company claims that Google+ has seen a massive 1,269 percent jump in visits to its site since going public. It added that Google+ is now the eight most visited social networking site, according to its own category, with 15 million unique visitors.

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All I see on Facebook is,

- "OMG Facebook is going to charge for using their site."
- "The new FB layout sucks. I want my old one back"
- Oscar is now mayor of ....
- John is now friends with ...
- Lisa now has 5 pigs on Farmville

Yeah, Facebook is soooo much better than Google+

The main problem is that it requires you to sign up for a gmail account. No one wants to use another account, even if they don't use the email part. Convert a hotmail account into a google account? That may work.

Lots of people can sign up. I bet a small fraction of those 50 million are active. Kind of like MS bogus marketplace numbers with a bunch of bogus apps

smooth3006 said,
none of my facebook friends are interested in google+.

Same. My Google+ is a ghost town, I only keep it open in an app tab for consistency.

smooth3006 said,
none of my facebook friends are interested in google+.

Most of my friends on FB actually thought FB would start charging for use of their site. I tried to reassure them that it will NEVER happen if they want to survive. I also told them if it concerns them that much join Google+ since Google has a reputation for never charging ;-)

Quick Shot said,
I really love +. The only reason I don't spend too much time on it is because most of my friends are still on FB.

Time to make some new friends then. I've met amazing people on the hangouts.

214dtown said,
Google plus may have 50 million users but probably 5 million are actually being used.

Exactly. I have an active acount but am rarely around an HTML5 browser, and as such, never use it.

214dtown said,
Google plus may have 50 million users but probably 5 million are actually being used.

I wonder if they count anyone who uses a google service as "using g+" since the toolbar on the top always shows your g+ notifications if any.

dotf said,

Exactly. I have an active acount but am rarely around an HTML5 browser, and as such, never use it.

seriously you're still using IE6?...

Doli said,

I wonder if they count anyone who uses a google service as "using g+" since the toolbar on the top always shows your g+ notifications if any.


nope the toolbar is not Google+
Google+ is a match of all the Google service merged into Google+ you are free to never have a Google+ account and use Gtalk , Reader , Music , Video etc... but you need a Google+ account to be in those numbers.

I'll believe it when someone other than a Google fanboy like Paul Allen confirms it. Officially.
I have to think that if Google+ was actually growing at that rate, Google would be trumpeting the news - they are COMPETING with Facebook after all.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
I'll believe it when someone other than a Google fanboy like Paul Allen confirms it. Officially.
I have to think that if Google+ was actually growing at that rate, Google would be trumpeting the news - they are COMPETING with Facebook after all.

Google usually announce their number 1 or 2 times a year

He may be a G+ fanboy but his number we're right the first time

Paul Allen has calculated this by tracking a small group of names and extrapolating from there. You might as well just pull a random number out your ass. Anyway the trust test is not the number of people signed up, as many people sign up to begin with just to try it out, but whether it retains those users and they visit regularly. Hence the 15 million unique visitors is a more reliable statistic. Anecdotally, I do not know anyone personally who has Google plus and never heard anyone talk about it either. It has a long way to go to challenge the dominance of Facebook.

mattacular said,
Paul Allen has calculated this by tracking a small group of names and extrapolating from there. You might as well just pull a random number out your ass. Anyway the trust test is not the number of people signed up, as many people sign up to begin with just to try it out, but whether it retains those users and they visit regularly. Hence the 15 million unique visitors is a more reliable statistic. Anecdotally, I do not know anyone personally who has Google plus and never heard anyone talk about it either. It has a long way to go to challenge the dominance of Facebook.

his last estimate he did was right on target when Google announced their first number.

I've personally seen a lot of new people using G+ since it's now open.