Google+ passes Twitter as Google heads for Facebook’s top spot

January 27, 2013
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An interesting report has just been released showing basically what we all knew was coming, and that is the rise and dominance of Google in the social network scene. While Google+ is still a bit of a ghost town compared to Facebook (or is it) the amount of active daily users and discussion has exceeded Twitter. Yup, Google+ is now the second most active social network behind Facebook.

The details have been confirmed and reported by Forbes, and you can bet a huge part of those active users are the millions and millions of proud Android users. The details come from a UK market research firm that has just updated their index showing Google taking control.

Google+ all by itself has increased their numbers and now are reporting roughly 343 million users. A number that has passed Twitter, although Facebook is still holding strong with nearly 700 million users. While that makes Google's numbers look low, once we factor in YouTube that gap is much much smaller. In general Google's doing just fine, and once they manage to make all YouTube users Google+ users (just like they recently did with the Google Play Store reviews) they'll be close to leading the charge.

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Now most of these numbers are being calculated in terms of "active users" which can mean a wide array of things. Facebook is a single-tap sign in on most mobile phones and PC's, and the same can be said about Google+. While YouTube users are a significant count for Google, not nearly all of them are actually active to say the least. Looking over the details however it appears that both Google+ and YouTube by themselves seriously compete with Twitter. Add the two together and Facebook should be getting worried right about now (read: Facebook Graph Search) and we have a feeling the battle will only get tighter.

Pretty interesting results to say the least. We're proud users of Google+ here at Android Community and you can follow us at +Android Community, or check out our G+ Community. Do you guys use and enjoy Google+?

[via Forbes]


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  • John-Mark Christmas

    Yes, I DO!!! and very much so too. So many interesting posts, so little time to read them all, Well done Google.

  • Niels Hansen

    And yet everyone on the internet says nobody is using G+

  • qwadwodwuck

    google plus huh
    must be because of that exclusive deal with AKB48 :D

  • http://paranoimia.co.uk Paranoimia

    Would be interesting to know how “active users” is calculated. Apparently Facebook’s figures are a bit of a con, since if you’re logged in, _any_ site you visit with Facebook comments, logins, even just ‘liking’ something on a third-party site, counts you as active on Facebook. Of course, G+ doesn’t have all that same crap, but it would be interesting to know if clicking a +1 button counts you as active on G+.

  • g+noway

    Android apps cries for voting, voting needs G+ acc, so I had to make one.
    Otherwise never tought about G+

  • Sathishkumar V

    Even though it exceeds twitter. As of now, it does not as much as popular like Twitter.

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    Why does it feel like there’s still no one here?

    • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

      I think the only reason this number is so high is mainly because everywhere you look Google pushes G+ on you. Even if you don’t actually use it most of us have probably “upgraded” to it

  • itpromike

    LOL I wonder how they calculate active users. I have a Google plus account sure, I have people in my circles sure BUT there are literally no posts by anyone because no one likes it. Now I’m forced to use Google plus to post reviews or comments on play store apps so I’m sure they count me as an ‘active user’ but I post nothing there and neither does anyone else I know. Meh

  • William Quiñones

    G+ is my Go To social media. I used Twitter to a lesser extend and Facebook to the minimal. I just go there because the Facebook addiction is roaming within my family and friends. However, I have converted various of them and other at least are using G+ to share their social media live with me. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Caswell/1113005314 Wayne Caswell

    I still have found no way to post articles from my WordPress blog to Google+. Has anyone found an effective way to do that?

    • Christopher Jennings Penders

      I simply go to my column/post, copy address in address bar and paste it into G+ and add a bit of a description then share it.