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Google+ Already Serving Millions of Users

Google+ Already Serving Millions of Users

How many people are in your Circles (assuming you are in Google+ already)? There should be plenty:  Paul Allen (not the Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, but the founder of Ancestry.com) believes there are 4.7 million users in Google+ (as of Saturday night, around 11 p.m., when he posted his estimate).

Allen describes his methodology as "based on US Census Bureau data about how many people there are in the U.S. with each surname." Basically, he compares the numbers users with particular surnames on Google+ with U.S. census data and then comes up with estimates of how many people there are on Google+.

It makes sense, and it isn't hard to get your head around. On the other hand, as he readily admits, it doesn't use global surname data, so its quite possible it doesn't accurately express numbers globally.

Allen plans to update his numbers on Monday, July 11, when he has completed all of his "surname counts."

Google is rumored to be readying a public rollout of Google+ by July 31. That's "by," not necessarily "on," so it could be sooner. For now, despite the estimate of millions of users, Google+ is still in limited field tests.

The uptake and excitement around Google+ means that it seems like Google has gotten a social networking service right (after failures like "Wave" and "Buzz.").
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I have Google+ and really cannot wait until they get it fully built and functional. Then it will be good bye Facebook which I do use. Luckily my family and friends generally listen to me when I make suggestions on anything computer wise. SO I and all of them will be migrating as soon as I can get them all invited/included. I hear Mark Zuckerburg put out some commentary on this saying Facebook is the best app for this type of thing etc etc of course addressing a nameless and or multiple social Apps. I know really he was addressing the Google+ app. He seemed very confident that Facebook would remain as powerful as it now is which I very highly doubt because even if they only loose 10% that is 7 million individuals.

I really do not mind Facebook very much unlike several user's here at HH. I monitor and change my permissions regularly and keep them contained. There practice of changing permissions regularly (in order to grab more to sell to more companies) is annoying and done because not only do most Facebook users not understand them or what they enable by default (which of course most generally use), but they also do not understand that through these they enable a lot of open trading and use of there personal information.

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So far Google+ isn't too bad. It's a little drab right now because I don't follow very many people. Most of the people I have invited aren't signing up. I'm hoping it will gain in popularity so it's more interesting.

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G+ will take off, just give it time. It might even make facebook better.

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