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Google+ Surpasses Twitter to Become No. 2 Social Network

By - Source: GlobalWebIndex | B 25 comments

Google's social service boasts 343 million active users.

Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the world's second leading social network, with Facebook maintaining its market leader position.

GlobalWebIndex revealed the usage figures with a report showing a change in usage from localized social platforms to global social networks including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Google+ now boasts 343 million active users, while Twitter has slightly under 300 million active users. However, the latter experienced the strongest growth with 40 percent across 31 markets, which accounts for around 90 percent of the world's internet users.

Twenty one percent of worldwide internet users utilize Twitter, while 51 percent use Facebook and Google+ boasts a 25 percent share. YouTube, which is owned by Google itself, is tied with Twitter with 21 percent.

GWI said Mark Zuckerberg's website has not been affected by "Facebook fatigue" and saturation in order to achieve around a 33 percent growth margin. Google+, meanwhile, grew by 27 percent.

Facebook announced during October of 2012 that it has surpassed one billion monthly active members. In December, Google+ reached 500 million registered users and 135 million active members.

Although this was before the announcement of Graph Search, Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page recently said that Facebook is "doing a really bad job on their products," and stated that Google+ can coexist with Facebook.

Page's comments were preceded by Google+'s VP of product stressing that Facebook is a social network of the past and that it's "pissing users off" due to its intrusive advertisements.

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    TheBigTroll , January 28, 2013 5:53 PM
    last time i checked google+ didnt turn out so great
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    jacobdrj , January 28, 2013 6:05 PM
    I use google+ more than facebook or twitter, combined. But that is simply because it is integrated with my phone, letting me auto-upload all of my photos and videos automatically backing everything up... Also, hangouts are great for getting work done and talking with family far far away (better than Skype...)...
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    calmstateofmind , January 28, 2013 6:07 PM
    Apparently this guy likes to use the word "boasts" a lot...
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    johnnyevil , January 28, 2013 6:09 PM
    I honestly had no idea ANYONE was using google+ I've learned to completely ignore it to the point that I forgot it even existed.
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    jacobdrj , January 28, 2013 6:12 PM
    johnnyevilI honestly had no idea ANYONE was using google+ I've learned to completely ignore it to the point that I forgot it even existed.

    IMHO that is the beauty of it. It is always there, does its thing seamlessly and in the background. And when you need it (like if your phone goes missing, or you feel like sharing something with someone quickly without having to search on your phone) it is a breeze. IMHO, it is a social network done right.
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    stevelord , January 28, 2013 6:23 PM
    I figured only techies were using it and that it was a flop. Nobody in the real world is.
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    457undead , January 28, 2013 6:34 PM
    It's funny how 2 people tweeted this and 0 people googleplused this.
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2013 6:44 PM
    Google+ is pretty much done for you if you have a gmail account or google play account, ive got an account and never used it
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    drapacioli , January 28, 2013 6:45 PM
    I suppose I'm considered an active user since I was forced to link my gmail account in order to publish a few reviews on Google Maps...that doesn't mean I care about any of the social aspects of it. I'm very interested in knowing what exactly defines an "Active" user, as in do they mean users that navigate through the main google+ site/use the social interactions, or just people that happen to post a review on their maps app/comments with a linked youtube account every month?

    (Hey Tom's, how about saving my typed comment/auto posting it when being forced to re-login? I'm sick of having to retype everything just because I switched wifi networks and you don't recognize my PC anymore.)
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    loops , January 28, 2013 7:32 PM
    I use it for hang outs and to post pics from time to time. I requires very little work as it is linked to my gmail and phone. Others I know who have FB still use FB way more and that is the exact reason why I use G+.
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    ivanto , January 28, 2013 7:36 PM
    Great for google, and I would love to know more about how they count active users.
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    jakes69 , January 28, 2013 8:14 PM
    I signed up on the first day of release..and haven't touch it since.
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    stingray71 , January 28, 2013 8:53 PM
    Started using it to backup my photo's. I'd probably use it more than FB, but just about everyone I know is on FB.

    Overall, I do prefer Google+'s layout, hope it catches on.

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    house70 , January 28, 2013 9:26 PM
    I use it to back-up and share some photos with my remotely located family, and daily to get my stream of news from the channels I am following. Great tool overall. I despise FB.
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    voiidwulf , January 28, 2013 9:32 PM
    Most of the Google+ users just have it since Google tells you too all the time. They should only count active users for these sort of things.
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    azraa , January 28, 2013 11:09 PM
    bs statistics are bs
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    Chairman Ray , January 28, 2013 11:59 PM
    I have never used G+ before, but I am one of the active users due to my gmail being connected to it.
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    alidan , January 29, 2013 2:50 AM
    Okay I just went to my Google plus for the first time sense I created it. Can somebody tell me what the hell the point of a social network is. Is it just so I can see what everyone's thinking what everyone is doing a point in time, is it marketing for other companies to they can tell me what the hell do thing they have out, or is it something else and I'm just missing entirely because I don't get it.

    I went there and it's game trailers everything is apparently I did something with them on Google plus once. Some people that I know why tried to use Google plus wrote some things and it's there.

    I just don't get the appeal of Google Plustek anybody outside of it being a glorified RSS feed. I have Google talk, it tells me when I get a new email, I try and set everything that I do up so I get a new email whenever something is responded to whenever somebody posts something that I want to keep up with I use my email for that. Was it so hard for people to track others through email that they had to make social websites just for this. Community social websites offer you a webpage that you could customize be whatever you want and a was somewhat simple to do I can understand people liking that crap but Facebook Google plus twitter I don't understand the use of them.

    So can somebody please tell me what the hell use a social network is I really want to know, and so everyone knows I'm 25 I should be in the demographic for being addicted to this crap.
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    Anonymous , January 29, 2013 5:42 AM
    Soo... Looks like someone is forgetting to include Sina Weibo in their ranking...
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    mrmaia , January 29, 2013 9:46 AM
    Is this statistic just like browser market share? I mean, Google shoves G+ down Google services users just like they shove Chrome as bloatware in other programs. I wonder how many G+ "users" don't even know they have a G+ account.
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