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Google+ is definitely not the fastest growing networking thingy ever!

Published: December 9, 2012

Recently in a blog post (check article on ZDnet for example), Google announched that they have 500 million Google+ Accounts. Of course, thats not a proper number. So they also clarified that 235 million are active through “+1ning” (effectively, clicking on notification window), and 135 million monthly active “through the stream”. Thats up from 100 million monthly active members.

Vic Gundotra, father of Google+ said: “Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever”.

OK, so September to December, thats 4 months (even if he meant 3 it doesnt add up). So Google+ has grown 35 million monthly active in 4 months 8,75 million per month. If I look at Facebooks past or recent growth, below is an older chart (intentionally older to show some past growth of Facebook)

So lets do the real math:

  • In 1 year and 9 months, Facebook grew +400 million active users
  • Lets round it up to 2 years => 24 months => Facebook grew 16,6 million monthly actives each month, simple math

OK. Google is saying 8,75M monthly actives are according to them more than 16,6 million monthly actives (monthly actives being the only relevant count here, I don’t count that with registering a YouTube, Android phone, or Gmail account, you get a G+ account automatically). This math doesn’t add up now, doesn’t add up in the early ages of Facebook. Maybe they think a Google+ user is worth more users, I don’t know.

Google should use Socialbakers a bit more :-)

Google+ is definitely not the fastest growing networking

Google+ is definitely not the fastest growing networking