While launching Facebook’s Skype-powered video chat service, founder Mark Zuckerberg stressed that some 750 million users on Facebook will help maintain its dominance in social networking segment. It appeared Zuckerberg was trying to play down the hype building around Google’s latest social networking move – Google+. However, reports are Google+ is rapidly becoming popular with some 10 millions users joining the new social networking platform within nearly two weeks of the launch. Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com and chief executive of Facebook app maker FamilyLink.com, says on his Google+ page that nearly 7.3 million people have joined the social network till July 10 and the figure is likely to reach 10 million by today.
Here’s an excerpt of Allen’s post on his Google+ page
“My surname-based analysis shows that the number of Google+ users worldwide reached 7.3 million yesterday (July 10) – up from 1.7 million users on July 4th. That is a 350% increase in six days. The userbase is growing so quickly that it is challenging for me to keep up, since the number of users of any given surname (even the rare ones I am tracking) seems to be climbing every day.”
“More impressive than last week’s growth is the astonishing growth in users from yesterday at mid-day to tonight — a 30% jump. My latest estimate tonight shows approximately 9.5 million users. This suggests that 2.2 million people have joined Google+ in the past 32-34 hours.”
If numbers given by Allen are to be believed, Google has really made an impressive start with Google+. It’s notable that plus is still in initial phase and can be joined on the basis of invites. Opening up the invitation process may be a huge push for the new social networking website.
The rapid growth certainly indicates Google+ could be the fastest ever growing social networking site. Do you think Google+ will ever surpass Facebook? Give your answers as comments below……