Last year in Decmeber, Paul Allen, the one who claims himself as the unofficial Google+ “statistician” predicted that Google+ would reach a new milestone of 400 million users by the end of 2012. Well, the prediction seems to be true now.
In addition to Google’s announcement to acquire Snapseed’s creator Nik software, Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Google, announced a new milestone for Google+: 400 million registered users and 100 million monthly active users. He posted the following statistics in a Google+ post:
This week we also hit an important milestone — over 400,000,000 people have upgraded to Google+. It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn’t have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months. While Google+ is all about creating a better experience across Google, it’s also a destination. And here too, I’m happy to report that we have just crossed 100,000,000 monthly active users on Google+ (plus.google.com and mobile app).
The 100 million monthly active users are together combined desktop and mobile users. The social networking giant Facebook on the other hand, boasts of having 955 million active users as of June 30, 2012, with an increase of 29% year-over-year. Google+ is far away from this and it would certainly take a lot more time to compete with Facebook.
Google+ is still in its initial stage and has to work harder to attract its users. Like Facebook, Google also started to notify its users about birthdays of friends. Google is also making an effort to provide its users with vanity URLs, which is perhaps the most awaited feature on the social networking site.
With 100 million monthly active and 400 million registered users, Google+ is now slightly more than one-tenth the size of Facebook out of which, one-third of the total users are located in the US.