Study: Google+ growth increased in December

The rise of Google+ in the social networking genre got a big boost in December, at least from one study. Paul Allen, who has been using his own formulas to come up with the number of Google+ users since it launched earlier this year, posted up a new report on his own Google+ page this week. He claims that in December the sign up rate for Google+ actually increased compared to previous months.

He states that Google+, according to his numbers, now has 62 million registered users, up from 50 million at the beginning of December and 43 million at the beginning of November. Allen states, "It may be the holidays, the TV commercials, the Android 4 signups, celebrity and brand appeal, or positive word of mouth, or a combination of all these factors, but there is no question that the number of new users signing up for Google+ each day has accelerated markedly in the past several weeks."

If the growth rate continues at this rate Allen predicts that Google+ will reach the 100 million user mark in late February. By the end of 2012, he predicts that Google+ could have as many as 293 million users at the current growth rate.

However, he adds that he expects Google+ to sign up even more people at an even faster rate in 2012. He states, "Google can continue to integrate Google+ into its other products and word of mouth will continue to build. Most importantly, 700,000 Android devices are activated daily and this will become a very significant source of new users for Google+. That number will also grow next year." Therefore he predicts that by the end of 2012, Google+ could have over 400 million users.

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Active users > Registered users

I visit my page every other week and it's a ghost town. Android phones are selling like mad, of course. When people register for google PERIOD it counts as a registration for G+. Give use active user stats and then lets discuss.

this is meaningless. the important thing is ACTIVE users. I bet I have a google+ account because google kept pestering me and all it took was a few click and I had one without even knowing. never used it since. I imaginge 90% of people have one without knowing and couldn't care less. this is a move of desperation for they know the active number is dropping and they are about to end up with google wave 2.0. google doesn't get social.

How many of those users signed up on 24th and 25th December? As has been said in other news item on home page that android devices had record activations on those two days, and makes sense that people curious to know about google would have clicked on it and got their respective accounts activated!

How many of those users signed up on 24th and 25th December? As has been said in other news item on home page that android devices had record activations on those two days, and makes sense that people curious to know about google would have clicked on it and got their respective accounts activated!

How many of those users signed up on 24th and 25th December? As has been said in other news item on home page that android devices had record activations on those two days, and makes sense that people curious to know about google would have clicked on it and got their respective accounts activated!

I have joined, but everybody I know is comfortable using Facebook. I wish Google+ would make it where NEARBY works not only on the android phone but on the desktop pc as well. That seems to be the only time I really enjoy it. Reading what other people in my area of the neighborhood are doing.

Marshalus said,
I just can't get into using it on a regular basis. Between Facebook and Twitter I feel like I'm tapped out for daily social media attention.

I use it as a sort of long form twitter, not like a Facebook replacement which is where my real life relationships exist.

How many of those "users" are there because of people automatically getting G+ when they register a new account at Google?

Twisp said,
How many of those "users" are there because of people automatically getting G+ when they register a new account at Google?

Exactly. Facebook's numbers are of "active" user accounts, Google+ is only "total" user accounts. If Google+ counted active users, it would be a lot smaller.

Twisp said,
How many of those "users" are there because of people automatically getting G+ when they register a new account at Google?

Agreed, as Xero mentioned below, I think a lot of G+'s users are really just going to be people who saw something on Google saying to "sign up for google+" like a hundred times and finally decided to do it. Facebook, on the other hand, has members who really know what it is ;P I'd actually be interested to see numbers on how many of those user's use it actively, say, a week or month after they sign up. that would give us a much better perspective on the real growth of it compared to facebook

Twisp said,
How many of those "users" are there because of people automatically getting G+ when they register a new account at Google?

I kinda agree but every new service starts out the same, it is not until their friends end up being on there when the active usage increases