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Google+ Reaches 500 Million Users, 135 Million Active Users

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Search engine giant integrates Google+ Communities.

Google has confirmed that its social network, Google+, boasts 135 million active users, with the search engine giant introducing a new feature as a result.

In a move to attract more groups to make Google+ their social network of choice, Google+ Communities will be introduced to the service, which integrates group functions.

"We see Google+ Communities as the next logical step for groups of people that have already formed on Google+, and those yet to form," Bradley Horowitz, Google+ vice president for product, told CNET. "From the beginning of Google+ we've seen communities grow organically on the platform. Photographers, chefs, knitters, techies, you name it, they're all people who have come together to talk about the things they really care about."

Google also announced that 500 million users have created profiles, 235 million of which have at least utilized one of its features, while 135 million visit monthly. The company had announced in September that the figure was 100 million.

Facebook, which boasts 1 billion active monthly users and 600 million mobile users, was recently criticized by Google's Bradley Horowitz, who is the social network's VP of product. He stressed that the former is a "social network of the past", with its advertisements in particular angering users due to being intrusive.


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    Ironslice , December 7, 2012 1:32 AM
    135 Million Active Users = Logs in once a month...

    I log in more than once a month by accident on my phone, I am do not consider myself an active user. Unfortunately, these numbers are still pretty terrible. I personally think its much better than Facebook, but all my friends are on Facebook and I'm not gonna switch unless everyone else does.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 7, 2012 1:34 AM
    Ironslice135 Million Active Users = Logs in once a month

    If that.
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    jhansonxi , December 7, 2012 1:39 AM
    On dial-up, Google+ is unusuable. Facebook works.
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    alexthager , December 7, 2012 2:20 AM
    You mean "500 Million users because anyone who signs up for Gmail automatically has a Google+ account."
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    freggo , December 7, 2012 2:28 AM
    jhansonxiOn dial-up, Google+ is unusuable. Facebook works.

    Facebook "works" ?

    Facebook has one of the worst user interfaces I've ever seen; and I do this for a living.
    Talk about non-intuitive and a humongous waste of time.
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    alidan , December 7, 2012 3:53 AM
    i cant understand the use of a social network outside of marketing.
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    invlem , December 7, 2012 4:06 AM
    i still can't navigate the facebook app on my phone, it's crap! Google+ definitely has the more solid mobile interface...

    Unfortunately none of my friends use Google+ so I'm stuck with the facebook.
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    virtualban , December 7, 2012 8:08 AM
    My friends, family, co-workers and bosses are on facebook, and that is why my facebook profile is immaculate.
    Google wants me to be like that on Google+? Ain't nobody got time for that! (2 or more clean profiles to share non incriminating, non sexist jokes to). Google kicked me off from google+ because I was using a moniker, Virtualban, for the web activities, something that even if not 100% unique, is still mostly mine. Too bad for them. I won't be sharing 9gag un-orthodox posts that I might find funny and would not share on facebook. Google will still monitor my search habits, but won't get me to enter their 'circles'.

    p.s. the reason for facebook is the same as why Chuck Norris uses softener for washing clothes: So he can blend in with normal people.
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    digiex , December 7, 2012 10:38 AM
    Google+ is not a ghost town after all.
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    f-14 , December 7, 2012 4:11 PM
    alexthagerYou mean "500 Million users because anyone who signs up for Gmail automatically has a Google+ account."

    or youtube.

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