Google Plus

Google Plus

Google has put faith in what many would see as a failed social project, Google Plus, but news today has the social network at #2 place, in front of Twitter in terms of active usage, with 343 million users.

Remarkably, Google has somehow managed to keep the smirk grin off its face, as many label Google Plus a ghost town. The website seems to be blossoming worldwide.

The question now is how Google Plus is such an active social network, bubbling with users and activity, yet many still label it a ghost town, with hardly any real top users. Some even say that Google employees are the only ones that regularly use the website, another false accusation.

The problem we found is that many push social networks away because they don’t use them. To some, Facebook may be seen as a ghost town, because it depends on your friends and how active your friends are on the website.

GlobalWebIndex, the ones that got this information, said “Data collected in GWI.8 (Q4 2012) demonstrates the continued shift in usage from localized social platforms to global ones with huge growth for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. The fastest growing network in 2013 in terms of “Active Usage” was Twitter which grew 40% to 288m across our 31 markets (approximately 90% of global Internet population). 21% of the global Internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis. This compares to 21% actively using YouTube, 25% actively using Google+ and a staggering 51% using Facebook on a monthly basis.”

On the graph there are a lot of Chinese and Russian only websites, some are doing well. We also had Tumblr, Pinterest, Myspace, Orkut and even Bebo still on this list. Surprisingly, Myspace was quite high in the charts with active users.

While Google Plus still has a long way to go before it even matches Facebook, the social network is obviously showing some good activity. The fact that Google is now integrating all applications will only be better for the social network in the long run.