Remember all the “we don’t need another social network” griping when Google+ hit the scene in June of 2011? Fast forward to today and Google+ has 343 million users, making it second only to Facebook
for social network size superiority, according to GlobalWebIndex.
Social networks in millions of active users. Image credit: GlobalWebIndex
Of course, Google+
still hasn’t caught up to Facebook. GlobalWebIndex estimates that Facebook’s 1 billion user claims are likely pretty accurate, making it not just the biggest social network, but comfortably so. And Facebook appears to be growing faster than Google+, too (33% for active user growth last year, compared to 27% for Google+). Twitter
is also growing steadily, with a 40% increase in active users last year, but its membership is only 288 million, putting it in the fourth slot, behind YouTube