Google+ Growth Outpaces Twitter, Facebook by Lengths and Bounds

Google+ is growing at an exponential rate.

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Google+ Growth Outpaces Twitter, Facebook by Lengths and Bounds
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Undoubtedly fueled by the perceived exclusivity, coupled with the tech/geek crowd absolutely embracing it, when it comes to initial growth, Google+ is absolutely lapping Twitter and Facebook in terms of reaching certain milestones. In this case, the milestone being discussed is the first to 10 million users, and, as you’ll see in the upcoming chart, the Google+ uptake has been quite impressive.

Thanks to a Google+ post by Leon Håland, you can see exactly by how much Google+ is outpacing its perceived competitors. In his post, Håland issued a chart that compares the growth of the three social networks, and let’s just say Google+ is doing quite well:

Google Plus Growth

As you can see, it took both Twitter and Facebook over two years to get 10 million users. It took Google+ 16 days. Of course, Facebook’s initial “.edu addresses only” policy contributed mightily to their slower rate of growth. As for Twitter, admittedly, it was a slow burn, but now, its popularity cannot be denied. Nevertheless, neither can touch the expansion of Google+, invitation-only status or not.

Does this mean the social network domination of Google+ is inevitable? Considering there are over 700 million Facebook members, clearly, that part of the story has yet to be written, but it’s hard to argue with the growth of Google+, either.

Another report that supports Google+‘s exponential growth comes from comScore, which says over 20 million people have visited Google+ in 21 days. There’s also a chart that visualizes these numbers, as well as one that shows which region visits Google+ the most:

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Google Plus Countries

As you can see, Americans are the predominant group frequenting Google+, although, India also has a solid representation. This also helps demonstrate Google’s international reach is almost as powerful as its domestic. Furthermore, Google+‘s invite-only status hasn’t done much to slow its uptake:

It would be difficult to think of many sites that reached such a large number in such a short period of time. That said, Google does have a built-in visitor base of more than 1 billion to work with, so there is clearly potential to convert a high number of users to its new social tool – even if it is still invite-only.

In fact, I’m of the thinking that the invites make Google+ all the more attractive, much like it did with Gmail. When you force something on your users — ala, Google Wave — they don’t like it; but when you make the service appear exclusive, the desire to have what others don’t kicks in, regardless if it’s acknowledged or not.

Again, if you couple that with the largely-positive reaction from the tech sector, and Google+ could almost be considered a viral success, as much as a Google product can be viral, anyway. It’s hard to do things quietly when everybody knows your name. Anyway, how about a song to celebrate Google+‘s early victories? There’s one that fits this situation perfectly:

“Hell yea, make you hit that plus one, make you hit that plus one” for the win.


Håland posted another chart, showing how long it took each entity — Facebook, Twitter and Google+ — to reach 20 million users. The differences are staggering, but again, Facebook’s initial period of exclusivity should be considered:

More Google Plus Growth

Is “lapping the competition” a correct analogy here?

Google+ Growth Outpaces Twitter, Facebook by Lengths and Bounds
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  • http://www.2dgraphicd.net Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill

    Does this mean the social network domination of Google+ is inevitable?

    Not in Ireland that I can see. I’m on twitter, FB, LinkedIn and a plethora of other social & sharing sites I know of 3 people on Google+ amongst my connections.

    1. Has Google+ invites been suspended?

    2. The amount of site’s claiming they can send out invites to google+ if you supply them with your email is scary. In fact the number of articles written about how supplying such site with your details and how the email sender doesn’t receive an invite is kinda scary too. It just shows how big the email harvesting/ sales market is.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      1. No, they have not. At least not for me.

      2. Email spam is still viable when inexperienced users are involved.

      As for the contention about taking over, I’m not sure that will ever happen; that is, everyone leaving one platform for another, although, just ask MySpace all about that. Anyway, people will be attracted to the fact there’s not near as much clutter in G+, at least not til the all those people trying to escape clutter join.

      Once the mainstream starts embracing, then more and more casual users will join as well, because following trends is the thing to do.

      Thanks for reading.

  • LOLO

    Chris sorry you appear to be a rookie when you should know better. You guys keep being fooled by Google. Visit Warrior Forum or other blackhat marketing forums and read about Google +. Most of those accounts are SPAMMERS with multiple accounts! I’d cut my right hand off that Google only has 40K unique accounts.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      LOLO, what part of being a rookie comes from reporting numbers? Cut your hand off if you want, but the fact is, Google Plus is growing. What you do with that information is up to you. If you want to stick with Facebook (and black hat forums), that’s your call.

  • wow

    are you really comparing the adoption rate of the products of two startups to a product given prominent placement on most highly trafficked website in the world? this is absolutely ridiculous.

  • David

    How can we compare the adoption rate of past with current. When twitter and facebook is launched, the people are not aware of social networks compare to current. Let’s take one example. If you compare the visitors of bing’s first year with google’s first year what will you? Does it make any sense? I don’t think so. It is ridiculous.

  • http://waysidestudio.com Graham

    Facebook and Twitter paved the way for social media is all this means. They worked out all the kinks and google isn’t hitting any of those bumps on it’s way up now. The fact will remain will google be able to maintain the momentum and not just emulate.

  • http://www.welovehealth.co.th ฉีดพลาสติก

    ํำThe statistics show that google site is always the highest growth. they are unbeatavle and if they keep improving their features. there is no competitive.

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    it good news from google plus, for more info about tech, software, internet, antivirus, etc
    Please visit my blog in my name. Thanks

  • http://www.tasutaturundusjainternetiturundus.com Otsingumootorid

    This is new for all SEO’s and will be of great help in keep a track of things and changes in it. Google is making more things more user friendly. Thanks for posting such valuable information this is the first blog where i have got this info from. Keep posting such valuable articles.

  • http://www.tden.com King Ralph

    It doesn’t surprise me that Google has an initial fast start but we’ll see if they can maintain the pace. My only question is how many social network websites are people going to get involved with? Hopefully they will all go the way of disco.

  • http://adscendmedia.com Jeremy

    They may have users, but do they have usage?

  • Bob

    Most of the comments at WPN have always been spam for backlinking so most the comments below with blue usernames are just idiots posting nonsense, kissing butt so the writer doesn’t delete their comment. Believe me, they are spammers. Same old same old. I always skip them and read only those comments posted by usernames in black.

    I’ll give Google + 8 months to be retired. Mark my words.

  • http://www.revaxmedia.com Shane

    Nothing unusual there, the founder of Facebook never had the power of the worlds largest search engine to advertise it so its going to be slower.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      Furthermore, Facebook didn’t advertise when it was launched. Lest we forget, it was initially only usable by people with .edu email accounts.

  • http://www.donaldsinatra.com/ Donald

    Good article. But what I think is not represented is the fact that both Facebook and Twitter were virtual unknowns when they came to being. Google+ has had the benefit of being part of a world renowned brand on its launch. Knowing this, it’s easy to see that it would have such large adoption early on.
    We will have to wait an see if the rate of growth will continue and how many active users will frequent the site for months to come.

  • http://www.amortech.ca Isaac

    I think G+ has some great potential with the full-res picasa integration and of course the major added value to business owners as we watch how the Google places integrates with Google+.

    Facebook will always be facebook but Google’s spin on this for recommended establishments and search listing integration will be quite interesting.

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