Google+ has over 20 million users, excluding those who visited the Website from Android or iPhone smartphones, according to data researcher comScore.
Google+ has racked up more than 20 million users, including 5 million in the
U.S., in the first three weeks since the search engine launched the social network as an alternative to Facebook
culled estimates from unique visitors who arrived at Google+ from June 29 through July 19, said Andrew Lipsman,
vice president of industry analysis at comScore
July 19, comScore showed Google+ at just about 20 million visitors worldwide,
an extraordinary number in just its first three weeks," Lipsman said,
adding that the figure represents an increase of 82 percent from the previous
week and 561 percent vs. two weeks prior."
The Google+ U.S.
audience paced the field, surpassing 5 million visitors, up 81 percent from the
previous week and 723 percent from two weeks earlier.
global growth is impressive to Lipsman, who noted that while the U.S. leads in
Google+ audience, India is No. 2 with 2.8 million visitors. The U.K. has (867,000
visitors), Canada (859,000 visitors) and Germany (706,000 visitors) rounded out
the top five.
numbers could be even greater because comScore didn't count visitors from
mobile phones. Lipsman said he excluded visits from iPhone and Android
smartphone users, limiting estimates to those who navigated to plus.google.com
pages from home and work computers.
He also did
not take into account Google+ usage that occurs through the Google+ tool bar
that crests atop most Google pages these days.
Lipsman believes the growth may be unprecedented as new Website destinations
be difficult to think of many sites that reached such a large number in such a
short period of time," Lipsman said, adding that Google's built-in user
base of more than 1 billion searchers clearly helped. "There is clearly
potential to convert a high number of users to its new social tool-even if it
is still invite-only.
Lipsman also cautioned that while the early start is promising, the Website
will have to work hard to keep people active and engaged on the network.
One of the
ways Google missed the mark there is in its botching of a business pages
That is, such
pages are not yet supported despite a massive outcry from "tens of
thousands" of brands that want to market themselves on the new social
network, said Christian Oestlein, the product manager responsible for
enthusiasm obligates us to do more to get businesses involved in Google+ in the
right way, and we have to do it faster," Oestlein acknowledged. "As a
result, we have refocused a few priorities, and we expect to have an initial
version of businesses profiles up and running for everyone in the next few
selecting business partners for a test period this week. Meanwhile, Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) has suspended such accounts
by the blog Mashable
, program Sesame Street and
others because Google+ is not business-ready.
Google's vice president of engineering overseeing Google+, said in response to Search Engine Land
Editor Danny Sullivan's open letter on Google+
should have anticipated brands and people who want a following would be very
frustrated when we didn't have proper profile support."
my fault...We prioritized making a great experience for people first. None of
our internal models showed this level of growth. We were caught
that Oestlein and his team "are doing all we can to accelerate the work to
properly handle this case."