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Google+ surpasses Twitter to take number 2 social network after Facebook

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Google+ surpasses Twitter to take number 2 social network after Facebook
Where Google is involved, things get done. A lot of folks wondered how Goolge+ would grow after its launch. It was never really a question of “if” Google+ would flourish though.

Global Web Index released a report showing a change in the usage from “localized” social platforms to global social networks like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Twitter, while surpassed by Google+ in terms of share of users, had the strongest growth at 40% across 31 monitored markets (which also represent about 90% of the world’s internet users). 21% of the global internet users use Twitter. A whopping 51% use Facebook, which is a large lead over Google+ at 25%. Twitter is tied with YouTube in the third position.

That works out to about 343 million active users of Google+, and a little under 300 million active users for Twitter and YouTube. Facebook has been able to combat what GWI called “Facebook fatigue” and saturation and achieve about 33% growth. Based on the markets surveyed and estimates of other markets not included in their report, GWI believes that Facebook’s claims of 1 billion users is more or less on target.

The real winner in all this is Google+, who grew 27% in its own right. When coupled with YouTube, Google’s integrated services have proven to have wide appeal and it also vindicates Google’s model of combined products.

With winners must come losers, and those were the smaller, more local social networks that serve certain countries, like Me2Day (South Korea) and StudioViz (Germany) saw double-digit declines in active users. Of particular interest though, is the decline with several networks in China. Despite their growth over the past few years, new rules in China contributed to the contraction of these networks like Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and others.

There have been growing pushes in China to require real names and phone numbers. In addition, people in China have been adopting the use of blogs and forums which provides a perception of a little more privacy. Finally, there is mobile, the apps available for mobile use give a notable advantage to the larger global social networks like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, each of whom have excellent mobile applications, particularly for iOS and Android devices.

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sources: Global Web Index via Forbes and Android Authority

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posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:08 3

1. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

this is really questionable! who the hell uses G+, but on contrary i use it, but its a desert! i ask my friends if they have G+ so that i could do hangout with them (since skype group calls are paid), they actually wonder what is that?

but not really surprise that G+ is 2nd since most people now has android and android is very affordable and most people can afford (But im shock that a security guard has an iPhone 4S here in my place!) and google integrate G+ on android, so its not really a complete shocker that it will grow!

the real question is, how many are active users? those are just users right but not an active one. and where's instagram? i still think twitter is more popular that G+!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:50 10

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3791; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

You sound like Smiggle!!
Talking to yourself...questioning and answering it on your own.
It may not be funny for you but for us it is...
Google + is nice, different and fun. I never get lost there...
But i know it will never surpass Facebook.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:52 4

8. wendygarett (unregistered)

It will Nathan, Google+ just need some time :(

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 02:23 1

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3791; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I don't think it will anytime soon...
Maybe a in about decade it might stray close...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:40 4

25. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

In this rate it will soon. But I hope won't, keep google+ clean from narcism majority facebook user. Better if stay like this, facebook for teen while google+ for serious mind while twitter for news

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:36 2

24. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

read it again, it is active user. Just because your friend don't use it it doesnt mean no one use it.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:16

30. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

Nobody wonders what Google Plus is they already know they just choose not to use it. I use all three of them and like them all for different reasons. Of course people who choose to live the ''I don't want you to know who i really am kind of life'' will shy away from these networks cause they are serious Internet cowards and trolls...Either way people will be people and social media sites all of them will continue to grow.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 23:15 1

52. opolo (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

whats wrong with a security guard using an iphone 4s? anyone can buy it if they have enough money

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:13 1

2. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I knew that it will happen someday...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:42 2

16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Well Google basically forces you into one if you have a Gmail/android device.
I have one, but I just have it because Google made me get it.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 07:09

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13092; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

I don't think it has happen at all. Twitter is very popular and many people are using it. No one ever mentions G+

I think this is somewhat misleading.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:05

18. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Just get a Google+ account...and browse around if you dont believe it. More n more I see articles based on Google + posts.

What do you think most, if not all the Google employees use? Android app makers? Or ppl wanting to get the inside scoop on Google related things?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:08

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13092; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Only because Google forced integration of G+ into the Play Store system. If that integration didnt exist, developers would be using Twitter and FB more.

There's no hard proof saying G+ has overcome twitter and Facebook.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:24 2

38. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 886; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

There is no forced integration. You have the option of using. I actually deleted my Facebook a long time and have been using G+ exclusively. Its a much better ecosystem and environment.

Mx, the hard proof is the number of active users. You might have missed the giant graph with the numbers breakdown.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:28 2

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

There's a few big graphs right on the article page showing active social network users... Key word, active. What you're implying is that Google forced G+ onto consumers, and in turn most people just made an account and forgot about it. Those graphs prove you wrong.

The graphs show that there are about 45 million more *active* users on G+ than Twitter, not just dead accounts.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 00:59

55. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

You dont have to rate apps you use or buy. Its forced if you wanna rate apps. I dont rate apps anymore. I might start again now tho. Been visting Google+ and its gotten more interesting.

Whats the difference between that and being forced to sign up for a website to leave a comment? .

Didnt you have to sign up here to leave a comment.....? There are very few places where you dont have to sign up. Some are making you use FB too. NFL.com makes you use FB, Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL. Any problems with that, or is that fine?

I see FB logins now all over the place....where you can use that to login instead of creating a new account at a website.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:12 1

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Ha! You are just sore of being wrong all the time

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:27

22. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And it has other topics, posts non Google related going on. Its nice, just try it. If you like Facebook, you will like Google+.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:49 2

36. donfem (Posts: 646; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

How is it misleading? Because you don't use it? Should the world revolve around you for it to make sense? Shouldn't be surprised coming from a staunch ifan..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:57 2

46. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Mxy, please do not post anymore....

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:23 9

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

I personally love Google+ over facebook, I want them sucess, but the things is that, everytime I enter Google+, is like entering the fandroid arena, too many one-sided and too much prejudice towards Apple and Microsoft, I keep on inviting my pals to this but they refuse to because of this, and end up using facebook and Twitter... Guess I have no choice but to use Facebook instead...

I really need some corporation with android fanboys, stop bashing Apple just for a sake, if you want Google+ success... Hangover only show its true power on Google+, not fandroid+

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:42 1

5. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)

this is also the thing that drive me away. Social network is meant to be social friendly, and accept everyone opinion. Not to be a bully groupie and bash the minority.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:31

23. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Just curious....where are you going on there? I just popped in and saw a post about liking Win 7 better than Win 8. No MS hate....just hate for the newer Microsoft OS..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:43

26. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I just went somewhere else there and its more like a comment section thing. Different folks debating over their choice. Some even give Apple praise. I dont see all the one sided Android things you see.

Since most ppl there use real names...its alot more civil there than here.

Maybe you were in a specific thread....or posted in a certain way? When I logged in....I didnt even see anything Android related. I had to search for it. First things I see are posts with a pic of a gas station and Google Maps related things. Under that someone posted something about thought provoking about some guy I never heard of...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:46

27. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

The solution is don't open explore or what's hot in mobile. I also get bored and sick with that kind of debate although I use android. So, I only open all circle and community feature

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:54

29. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Thats the thing....I saw what I saw clicking on Explore. I just did again....and its all over the place....not an Android vs the world type thing. I think its like any forum section....certain threads will have certain posts. Ones I saw Windows related was all talk about Windows.

One WP related thread...one guy asked a question based on the topic title...and it went from there...with a back n forth thats similar to PA....just more civil.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:31 2

34. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Sorry Wendy, I just don't think people avoid G+ because of any bashing going on. They avoid it because of brand loyalty. I've invited a few people to download Whatsapp, Kik, Oovoo, Tango, Qik, and G+ so that we could chat, call and video call all together on different platforms. I've get nothing but pushback from ios users because they think it's simpler to just use the built in apps, which as you know are proprietary to iOS ONLY. I've gotten a few to try different things but the Android users are the most willing to try new things.

There is a lot of bashing going on from all sides, but if that's all it takes to stop your friends from learning or discovering something new, then it's your friends that need to change what they're doing. The world won't change to suit them. Teach them to broaden their minds and maybe they'll be as tech savvy as you someday.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:52 1

37. donfem (Posts: 646; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Very nicely said. Open source vs closed, which would you think people will gravitate towards with an open mind of course?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:52 1

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Excactly. I remember when Android was still new. So much bashing from iOS, iPhone fanboys on different sites.

It didnt stop me from posting in comment sections... Now here we are....with just as many Android fanboys as iPhone ones. WP fanboys are showing up more now.

Ppl thought no one was gonna leave Myspace after Facebook opened it doors more. Myspace is hanging on by a thread now. Now Facebook is getting too much like Myspace....alot going on on the pages. Its still not as bad...but Facebook forgot many ppl liked it because it was such a clean space, not cluttered.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:52 1

50. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Yes, if you didn't have an iPhone...you were a loser. But it only started when the Motorola Droid came out. I guess they didn't consider the G1 much of a threat, but it was a good device. But the mere mention of a Droid made many iOS fans instantly, irate for some reason.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:45

48. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Also Wendy...if that was keeping you from using Google +....you wouldnt be posting here aymore.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:35

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Wow, thats great news for Google, seems they are edging into FB territory more the FB is edging in theirs WRT Search.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:44

6. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

G+ has made some progress, but they're not even remotely close to over taking Facebook in this area...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 03:04

10. MartianMe (unregistered)

nah .... the new myspace is going to kick all of these social medias butts :p

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 05:36

13. e.wvu (unregistered)

Good one!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 03:10 1

11. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Really? Who uses it?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 04:12 1

12. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

This is the biggest load of garbage I've seen in years. Think about it, how many people do you know actively using G+ ??? According to google, the number should be around a third, right? I'm sorry, but I can't identify a single member of my immediate group of family/friends that even knows what google+ is yet alone uses it on a regular basis.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:07 1

19. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Well....the rest of the world is bigger than your immediate family, friends. No one I know personally uses it either. But it has users.

All it takes is an account and browse around.....then you will see.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:50 2

28. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

almost every topic has 500 comment (which is the limitation by google) if you explore well, yes google+ discussion is more alive than any social media out there. Why people think that this world only theirs?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:02

41. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I think most of the users of G+ are outside of the United States, I'm seeing many users in Taiwan... That's one sign that it's definitely gaining attractions.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:30

14. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Lol! The only notifications that I get from google+ app are those telling me that I have more of MY pictures ready to upload.

I don't know who want to convince google with this "news" but not me, google+ its a "limbo"!!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:34 2

15. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

If only my friends would all be there G+.. **sigh** Anyhow, I find it better than FB in some aspects. Heck! It doesn't apply any compression to your uploaded photos, something FB should learn..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 08:10

20. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Someone mentioned last week they didnt like that Google made you have a Google + account to do app ratings in the Play Store now. I mentioned it was probably to help Google+ grow.

My lil theory might have been right. Cuz I still see new app ratings every day. And once you have Google+...and start looking around.....you might stay and see what else is there. You might actually like what you see. I barely use it now....but I do use it. Even if its to read up on the latest things from Google that hasnt made the news wire yet.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:47 1

31. blink (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I really don't think there are as much google plus active users, for some they just stumble upon it cos of the unified user account system of google. For me I don't find it interesting cos of all my about 900 friends on Facebook only 3 use google plus and non from my phone book. So what's the point?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:14

33. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

People just love to give out info about themselves. I can see a future where everyone is forced to join a collective. You can't go anywhere without everyone knowing who you are. A sad world we will live in, except Google and Facebook as they will rule society.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:05

35. lhughes (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Ironically this has more Tweets than +1's

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:59

39. primemagazine (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Personally speaking, I think this is due to the G+ bottoms you can find on every blog or websites.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:01

40. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I love G+, all my photos are synced from PC to picasa automatically. I could easily share those photos via G+ with a single click. Not to mention I could hangout with my wife and kids when I'm away from home. The only complicated part compared to Facebook is the friends/connections part. Circles require a lot of time to set up while Facebook friends can be very simple to be just a click to accept or request friend, once Circle is set up it's very powerful (Of course FB has something like that too, but I doubt many people actually set it up). There's just so much on G+, yet no one knows about it. If Google actively pushes G+, then it'll surpass Facebook earlier than expected.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:15

42. tonkemaskin (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The way google+ works is not so much as a facebook alternative, but more of a Twitter alternative where you follow people who share your interests or who just post interesting stuff.

I'm surprised Orkut isn't mentioned here with Facebook having almost entirely replaced it in Brazil as the most used social network overall

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:40

44. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

This is quite questionable, but like most people have pointed out, you're pretty much FORCED to have G+ account if you want to do basic things, such as commenting a YouTube video or writing a review for the Play Store. I have a FEW friends that HAVE a G+ profile, but they don't actually USE it.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:56 2

45. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Social networking is overrated...much like an iProduct.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 01:05

56. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I dont know...I connected with a few ppl I havent seen in many years. If it wasnt for Facebook...I probably woulda had to play private investigator. During the last blizzard the DC area had.....I got closing alerts thru Facebook posts. Yea.... it was going up on FB faster than the OPM site.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:11

47. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I wish my (local) friends used it. *sob*

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 22:25 1

51. makibo (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

It is StudiVZ in Germany - not StudioViz...

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:00 1

53. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Most of the android devices almost force you to join Google +, but I have not seen a single soul who actually uses it as social interaction.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:12

54. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

yeah... i mean how come it will be that popular even though the app is only available on iOS and android, there's still a lot who use BB or WP and there's a lot who use featurephones (but those featurephones that has wifi and java on it)

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 01:07

57. jroc74 (Posts: 6006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Because Google+ is also availabe thru the desktop browser....like Facebook, Twitter, etc?

I have yet to use the app...I use it thru my desktop PC.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 00:52

58. bengbeng (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)

maybe bacause android users are automatically google+ users. once you have google account you are already google+users. i have google+ account beacuse i have couple of android device, but i seldom open it. im more active on facebook, instagram, and path.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:58

59. PulseRiddle (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


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