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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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