Report: Google+ Bigger than Twitter with 359 Million Active Users
Ask ten different people what they think about Google’s social network, and you may get ten different answers. And while Google+ has failed to catch the level of success demonstrated by Facebook, the service is still growing. A new report from web analytics firm GlobalWebIndex, via Business Insider, claims Google+ is the second-largest social platform in the world with 359 million active users.
The same firm states Google+ has expanded 33 percent since the summer of 2012, when Google’s network hosted 269 million active accounts. Twitter, on the other hand, is apparently growing at a faster pace than Google+, but remains in the third-place spot with 297 million users. Strangely enough, Twitter is seeing its largest area of growth in older adults.
While those Google+ figures may seem staggering for a service that has seemingly struggled to gain popular acceptance, it’s important to note Google has created an online ecosystem. Google accounts are ubiquitous, linking massive services like Gmail and YouTube within the same space as its social network.
But despite the strong growth of Google+ and Twitter, Facebook is still the setting the bar for worldwide adoption. The GlobalWebIndex report claims the leading social network currently has over 700 million active users.
Matt Clark is a freelance writer covering the world of videogames, tech, and popular culture. Follow him on Twitter @ClarkMatt and MyIGN at Matt_Clark.
By Matt Clark