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Google+'s Female Membership is Growing Fast

By - Source: Paul Allen (Google+) | B 24 comments

Is Google+ really a boys' club?

Over the last week or so there's been a lot of news coverage regarding Google's new social networking venture, Google+. One topic in particular seems to be cropping up time and time again: the fact that the vast majority of G+ users are men. Some reports put the percentage of male users as high as 86 percent. However, it seems these numbers are not quite right. Entrepreneur Paul Allen moved to dispel the rumors last Friday with some research of his own and a few words about current stats.

"A lot of misinformation about Google+'s male to female ratio is going around Google+ and even being reported on by respectable media sites," Allen wrote, before declaring, "All of these articles are based on totally flawed data."

Allen goes on to explain that Socialstatistics.com, the source behind the claim that 86.8 percent of Google+ users are male, is an opt-in, third party service that places users on a leader board. Because men are more competitive when it comes to leader board recognition, they are more likely to sign up for such a service. Allen says another site being sourced, findpeopleonplus.com, is also not accurate.

"They report that of the first 948,000 profiles they crawled, 74.9 percent are male and 25.1 percent are female," Allen wrote on his own G+ profile. "But crawling is time consuming and the crawlers were finding the mostly male user profiles from the initial field test seeding. This is not a random sampling."

Mr. Allen's own surname-based random sampling showed the following results:

7/4 77 percent Male, 23 percent Female
7/7 68.4 percent Male, 31.6 percent Female (after the user base had almost doubled)
7/14 66.4 percent Male, 33.6 percent Female

Based on the rate at which G+ is turning pink, Allen predicts that Google+'s female population percentage will likely surpass LinkedIn's (37 percent female) in early August.

"The poster of 18 men in a hot tub that has been passed around for the past week or two is not reflective of reality and is not what Google+ is going to end up being."

Are you on Google+? Do you find that more of your male friends are signing up to the service than female? Let us know your own experiences in the comments below!

Read the rest of Paul Allen's post on G+ here.

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    DSpider , July 19, 2011 11:47 AM
    There are no females on the internet. Also, girls don't poop and they don't fart. True fact.
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    joytech22 , July 19, 2011 9:58 AM
    Now that I have read this article, I realize that all of my Google+ friends/followers are male..
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    Dandalf , July 19, 2011 10:02 AM
    Confirming that one of my four g+ friends are female.

    Has anyone ever found it interesting that if a place is overwhelmingly male, it is less appealing to men and women, where as if it's overwhelmingly female it's the opposite to both?
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    ethanolson , July 19, 2011 10:46 AM
    I avoid Google+ and will continue to do so. That company doesn't quite have a stellar track record whenit comes to privacy and such.

    If I also avoid Facebook, am I going to be one of those rogue members of society that society eventually comes to believe isn't actually a member of it? It's gonna be a weird world when they start thinking "not on Facebook or Google+? Why's he hiding? Get him!"
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    pinkeyes , July 19, 2011 10:53 AM
    I just joined recently, but 1 out of 11 is female. It's funny because my friends were just talking the other day about the lake of females.
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    DSpider , July 19, 2011 11:47 AM
    There are no females on the internet. Also, girls don't poop and they don't fart. True fact.
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    tomrippity02 , July 19, 2011 12:48 PM
    ethanolsonI avoid Google+ and will continue to do so. That company doesn't quite have a stellar track record whenit comes to privacy and such.If I also avoid Facebook, am I going to be one of those rogue members of society that society eventually comes to believe isn't actually a member of it? It's gonna be a weird world when they start thinking "not on Facebook or Google+? Why's he hiding? Get him!"


    It seems like any company that holds users private information, particularly companies that are internet based, have a few blips here and there, but Google seems to handle those blips better than other companies like facebook handle them. In generaly, I respect Google more as a company and thats why I throw my social allegiance behind them as opposed to FB.
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    dragonic2020 , July 19, 2011 12:57 PM
    I'm going to assume that the majority of geeks are male. And most early adopters of software and technology are geeks. Thus, most Google Plus users are male.

    If Google keeps Plus in private beta for too long, the hype will die quickly. And soon, Plus will suffer the same fate as the other Google social networking attempt, Orkut.

    Come on Google! Take the wraps off Plus!
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    reggieray , July 19, 2011 1:02 PM
    What a marketing ploy. Make you get an invite to join. This was done in hopes of getting a media and people frenzy going.
    g+, Facebook, twitter, bah, a bunch a wasted time and crap if you ask me.
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    dragonic2020 , July 19, 2011 1:06 PM
    To add on to my previous comment:
    How is Google going to test the full capabilities of Plus if NO ONE ELSE IS ON? It is supposed to be a social networking site after all, is it not? What is the purpose of posting a comment if only a handful of friends can see it?

    Remember Google Buzz? No one wanted to join it because no one could figure out what it was. And Buzz was public almost immediately. Isn't Google's main ideology to release early, iterate later?
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    Gamer-girl , July 19, 2011 1:41 PM
    Until there information about Google+ in more mainstream media, female sign up will be slow. The first time i heard about it is here on toms, none of my female friends read sites like this.

    Another thing is girls will likely choose the social network that most of their friends are on. Then there are other things like groups, game achievements etc that are on facebook that they would not want to lose by switching to another network.
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    LongLiveRock1974 , July 19, 2011 2:19 PM
    So basically Google+ is a sausage party.
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    gogogadgetliver , July 19, 2011 2:21 PM
    haha Google+ is a sausage fest.... Just another reason to call it Facebook minus.
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    aaron88_7 , July 19, 2011 2:54 PM
    I still get a kick out of this picture...
    Meanwhile, in Google+
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    gogogadgetliver , July 19, 2011 3:22 PM
    lol @aaron88_7
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    eddieroolz , July 19, 2011 3:28 PM
    That's odd, there are no females on the internet... :D 
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    tomrippity02 , July 19, 2011 3:49 PM
    dragonic2020I'm going to assume that the majority of geeks are male. And most early adopters of software and technology are geeks. Thus, most Google Plus users are male.If Google keeps Plus in private beta for too long, the hype will die quickly. And soon, Plus will suffer the same fate as the other Google social networking attempt, Orkut.Come on Google! Take the wraps off Plus!


    Yeah, its not like this model hasn't worked before.... facebook, gmail, etc.

    A bigger killer of growth is software failure. If a ton of people join and the system falters then they will likely quit coming back.
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    tomrippity02 , July 19, 2011 3:51 PM
    gogogadgetliverhaha Google+ is a sausage fest.... Just another reason to call it Facebook minus.


    If 1 out of every 3 people on Google are female I'd say they are doing quite well. Given that male nerds are probably more early adopters. Plus, facebook has how many fake female profiles to promote whatever agenda?
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    master9716 , July 19, 2011 5:04 PM
    Stop making google MONEY!!!!!!!!! The only good reason to make a huge company like google money is for development and as it stands , There is ZERO benefit to consumer if google makes all these billions a year and now its making more.

    They are not like microsoft that actualy come out with products that inovate .
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    applegetsmelaid , July 19, 2011 5:22 PM
    This is great news because I was planning on changing my name to googlegetsmelaid.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 19, 2011 6:29 PM
    I can't ever get into Google+. It keeps saying for me that it has closed its doors due to still being in the testing stage. Now I wonder if I make a new Google account and claim that I'm female, if that will get me in. LOL
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