Report: Google+ population could reach 20 million in a few days

Google's latest attempt at creating a social networking service seems to have already found a large audience, at least among the tech crowd. News.com reports that a new study suggests that Google+ reached the 7.3 million mark in registrations on Sunday. That same study said that those numbers could reach the 10 million level today. If Google continues to allow new invites into the system the Google+ population could reach as much as 20 million in a few days.

These numbers come from a Google+ post written by Paul Allen. No, not the co-founder of Microsoft but the founder of Ancestry.com. He goes over how he arrived at the number in the post. It's a bit technical but basically he uses both info from Google+ as well as info from the US Census Bureau to come up with his numbers. He states, "I am not claiming perfect accuracy, but I do think the model is sound."

He adds, "I'm not sure how many more times I'll update this. I do believe it is quite accurate. Much more accurate than a guess. It is based on sound starting data, but some of my assumptions may not be perfect." He also says that he hopes that Google itself will finally release some official registration numbers for Google+ "so I can stop working on this in all my spare time." The rapid rise of Google+ in just a couple of weeks is already making many feel that Google might be able to create a true rival to Facebook and Twitter in the social networking space.

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Hardcore Til I Die said,
Google+ is great but it's missing one thing... people!

I was thinking the same thing. It's kinda lonely right now. Social website without being able to socialize.

its always the same strategy with google make it very simple and minimalistic, very well integrated into its services and some "unique" features and there you go.... It wont beat facebook but its a new venture and it will attract all those FB haters out there.

Why do people bring up games in Facebook? I dont play them and I dont see what it is doing to others who dont play them also. Just an option.

If/when games and the like come to G+ they should just make a new circle everyone gets called games.. anytime you join a game it gets added to that circle and that circle never is shown under the main stream. The only way to see the notifications/requests from your games is if you click the circle itself. Also they never go to your regular notification system on the G+ bar. That would keep all the annoying crap out of sight yet for ppl that want to see it can just click and see requests/notifications from friends playing the games.

Apparently someone else agrees with you:

Steven Parker - 9:27 AM - Public
Ahh a social network without Farmville, I like this.

Circles are their biggest strength so far. There's so many people that I've not wanted to add to my Facebook purely so they don't rot away on a friend's list but then are still able to see what I'm up to.

Davo said,
Circles are their biggest strength so far. There's so many people that I've not wanted to add to my Facebook purely so they don't rot away on a friend's list but then are still able to see what I'm up to.

Facebook does it pretty well. You have to go through hoops to set it up. I've successfully created groups where they can't see my posts. I don't know why most people don't know about this on FB.

UndergroundWire said,
Facebook does it pretty well. You have to go through hoops to set it up. I've successfully created groups where they can't see my posts. I don't know why most people don't know about this on FB.
Like I said further up the page, I think the problem is that the option was made available too late in the day for most people to care. Also, if you have to jump through hoops to set it up many people probably couldn't be bothered.

Intrinsica said,
Like I said further up the page, I think the problem is that the option was made available too late in the day for most people to care. Also, if you have to jump through hoops to set it up many people probably couldn't be bothered.

That's the problem. Your average person doesn't know about this on FB. And your average person has never heard of Google+ (yet).

DKAngel said,
im liking it over fb at the moment as it doesnt seem like cluttered crap

Facebook is cluttered? What are you smoking? Did Google+ give you some free hash with your new account?

As I've mentioned in previous articles, I have nothing against Facebook per se. But as I get to grips with Google+ more and more, I can see myself preferring it to what Facebook has become.
As for "jumping at its rival the moment it arrives," I genuinely want to test it out, provide feedback and compare the two products. There is no harm in that.

It's just the beginning. They will keep adding more features and it will end up just like Facebook. Google want a piece of the games/app pie too.

oceanmotion said,
It's just the beginning. They will keep adding more features and it will end up just like Facebook. Google want a piece of the games/app pie too.

as long as they do it right. games could have been the downfall of facebook if they hadn't taken actions

drazgoosh said,
I'm waiting for the day Google+ has more users than FB because of a switchover.

I doubt it. I remember reading some statistic that a good percentage of people on Android phones do not have a Gmail account. That makes me believe they have no idea what a Google+ is.

Don't you need a google account in order to activate your Android? Granted, there may be some people that created an account solely to activate their phone and then they never went back to their account, but I'd be interested in seeing that statistic you spoke about.

Intrinsica said,
Don't you need a google account in order to activate your Android? Granted, there may be some people that created an account solely to activate their phone and then they never went back to their account, but I'd be interested in seeing that statistic you spoke about.

You can have a fully working Android phone with no email on it. At least not on Verizon. I'm not sure how it works on other carriers. You need a Gmail account to access the Market that's for sure.

tomcoleman said,
ive just removed myself off google+ pointless cack

The Google social network keeps getting better, one les troll inside!

tomcoleman said,
ive just removed myself off google+ pointless cack

agreed, its like FB without the point now and so much less to do.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
The Circles are really cool. Google needs to add more functionality like FB.

They are. They will roll out stuff like, Events and reminders soon. Other stuff (that I can't remember) will roll out eventually.

I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.

Diagramatic said,
I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.

For me its the fact that most of my friends are already using Gmail, so it just seems natural to move to Google+. Im not on it as much as Facebook yet, but overall to me it feels like a simpler network not over run with too many features

Diagramatic said,
It looks like Facebook and seems less ... games in it.
That's what is winning me over at the moment. I don't go on to a social network to play games, I go on a social network to keep in contact with people.

Intrinsica said,
That's what is winning me over at the moment. I don't go on to a social network to play games, I go on a social network to keep in contact with people.

+1

Diagramatic said,
I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.

You see? You answered your own question.

wv@gt said,

For me its the fact that most of my friends are already using Gmail, so it just seems natural to move to Google+. Im not on it as much as Facebook yet, but overall to me it feels like a simpler network not over run with too many features

Yep most of my friends already have gmail and we caht on their daily so the move over was a no brainer...

Its got a way cleaner design and less spammy so far....I hope they NEVER add games!

Diagramatic said,
I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.

Good, the less games the better, the more i can interact with my friends rather than being notified every 2 seconds they reached their highest score the better.

Less games = win

Diagramatic said,
I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.
Same here really, I mean the only way Google+ will really take of is if the same user base as facebook is on there, I still have to use facebook alongside Google+ as there is no way of seeing what some friends are doing.

but why create something that starts off like a simplified FB and ends up with more and more over time... surely it will end up like FB in the end? but there arent enough of my friends using the G+ at the mo hence why it was dead quiet.

Diagramatic said,
but why create something that starts off like a simplified FB and ends up with more and more over time... surely it will end up like FB in the end?

I guess it depends on how you look at things. Of course something that grows over time will have more applications as time goes on. But when I look at my Google account I see productive tools, not time-wasting games and quizzes. For me that is already a step in the right direction.

Now I'm not saying that there shouldn't be any games. Some people enjoy picking carrots in a virtual field or throwing red birds at green pigs (in fact Google already has an Angry Bird app). But Facebook messed up when they allowed the notification system to keep everyone up to date with how many points you had achieved. Thank god they turned that off.

They also messed up with the idea of mass-invites. For a mass-invite system to work well you need to have your audience separated in to the correct groups (i.e. those who would want to be invited and those who wouldn't). Although Facebook has eventually got round to allowing people to be separated in to groups, it came along too late and people don't use it.
I still get invited to events (and we're not talking major events, but small gigs or parties) by my friends in England, even though they know full-well that I won't be able to attend. Why does this happen? It's because it's far simpler for people to just "select all" and hit send then go through their list and select individuals.
Again, Google has started off on the right foot with the idea of Circles. As people regrow their network, they can drop the newly added friend in to the appropriate circle (in my case, "England" or "Geneva" but of course this is different for all) and no longer pester uninterested people with unnecessary invites.

My point here is that yes, it may well become the Facebook of the future by having masses of applications and games, but because of how Google have learnt from Facebook's mistakes, I can see it being a much more refined version in the future.

Diagramatic said,
I don't know what all the fuss is with Google+. It looks like Facebook and seems less activity/games in it. I was actually bored after 5 minutes, then again the same can be applied to FB.

The fuss is mainly about not needing permission to add someone as a friend, like in Facebook. In that regard, Google+ is more like Twitter. A major difference. Crushing adoption barriers like mad right now. Imagine being able to be friend with anyone you like. That's Google+. However -- Google+ is at the same time much like Facebook, in the sense that people both in each other's circles can see restricted content. So in this sense, it's better than Twitter. Summarized, it's a merge of the best part from both Facebook and Twitter, wrapped up in an easier to understand model than Facebook's friend lists, etc. Without any spammy apps and games.

It's a brilliant social network model. Makes you wonder why no one thought of it first. Google+ is unique in this regard. Also, other positive factors right now is the group video chat that works very well, and the group text chats that seem a bit better than on Facebook to me.

There you have it, from my perspective. Google+ is here to stay for as long as Facebook or Twitter don't adopt this model.

Lilrich said,

Good, the less games the better, the more i can interact with my friends rather than being notified every 2 seconds they reached their highest score the better.

Less games = win

Here's a simple solution, just don't play the games on Facebook if you don't like them! You know Google will probably add social gaming, and then what?

Intrinsica said,
...I don't go on to a social network to play games, I go on a social network to keep in contact with people.

Exactly. I hate all those farm - frontier - mafia - games/apps. HATE THEM.

Salty Wagyu said,

+1

I have to agree. I could never understand playing games on a social network site. I hope Google continues to keep it nice and clean. Sadly, it will probably get cluttered up once it becomes available to everyone.

0veR said,

There are other forums on net that have Google+ invite thread not just Neowin.

I think you'll find that he was making a joke.