You know "Google+," that social media website that Google created to compete with Facebook? Of course you don't -- know one talks about it and virtually no one you know uses it. Yet somehow it has managed to collect 50 million users. And in record time, too.
ZDNet reports that according to Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen (not the Paul Allen of Microsoft fame) and self described "Google+ unofficial statistician," "Google+ likely crossed the 50 million user mark," Allen said. "And since being opened to the general public (over age 18) last week, Google+ has been growing by at least 4% per day, meaning that around 2 million new users have been signing up each day."
It took Google+ 88 days to hit the 50 million mark, compared to 1,096 for Facebook and 1,046 days for MySpace. Of course it is not a fair comparison -- Facebook and MySpace paved the way for the success of such sites as Google+ by inventing and popularizing social media.
Still though, Google+ is set to explode.
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"Google+ emerged as the third largest site in the Social Network and Forums category last Wednesday a day after the site went from “invitation-only” to “open access” available to everyone," said Heather Dougherty, Director of Research at Internet tracking company Hitwise.
It also doesn’t hurt Google+ any that Facebook can't seem to stop tinkering with its interface and has less and less respect for its users' privacy. Facebook is unquestionably the social network leader, but between Google+’s explosive growth and its own mis-steps, it may yet lose its throne.
If I were Mark Zuckerberg, I’d be worried. Very worried.