Recent statistics from Google+ show that 86.5% of people using the new Google+ are guys….. And 1.4% are other, I think that’s the Mashable, New Media Film Festival, New York Giants and more…. i.e. businesses (even though Google asked businesses not to do, but hey how are they going to stop them?) In the top 100 Google+ users 15 are female, which is not many – where are all the women ? Having used Google+ here’s why I think this is the case.
Despite many reports by major news organizations, about 33.6 percent of Google+’s total user base is female, according to new research by unofficial Google+ statistician and founder of Ancestry.com Paul Allen.
The Ford Motor Company has officially decided that its gender is not male. Nor is it female. On the Google+ social networking site, Ford lists it as "other."
That may not exactly be incorrect, but the bit of corporate awkwardness was the result of Google making two interrelated design decisions: first, gender can be only male, female, or other. Second, whatever gender is selected must be public. Until now. Google announced this evening that gender could be hidden from public profiles. Frances Haugen, a Google product manager, announced the change in a post and video this evening that said it would take effect this week. "Gender can be a sensitive topic, especially on the Internet," she said.
I started to collect a Google+ circle of women-only (aptly named 'Women of G+') and the idea of connecting with early adopter women in a new social networking platform is growing larger in my mind by the minute. I find it stimulating and refreshing to have a list of highly intelligent women on G+ to read every morning over coffee. Thanks for letting me take a peek into your brilliant minds.
It's great to be exposed to fascinating articles about social media theory, but we gotta get the ladies on board. I'M OPTIMISTIC that they will head over to Google Plus eventually.
Women, and men, enjoy attention -- when the women of Facebook collectively realize all the men have left to nerd it up over in Google Plus, they will hesitantly head over. "Is there a cover charge?" they'll ask. No cover charge! It's ladies night at Google Plus. Please, come on in join our table. First round's on... well, not me, but I'm sure one of the other 982 males in my Friends circle will gladly pay you with some superfluous +1's.
Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Google+ stats trackers: Three quarters (or more) of Google+ users are male.
SocialStatistics, a third-party site that gathers data from select profiles, pegs the percentage of male users at 86.8%, while FindPeopleOnPlus, which curates information from about a million users, says men constitute 73.7% of Google+.
FindPeopleOnPlus also discovered that 95% of the Google+ users who say they are “looking for love” on the site are male. Some 25,000 users in their sample identify themselves as single, versus 19,000 married and 12,000 in a relationship. The vast majority of the million users sampled don’t say what they are.
With around 60% of users identifying themselves as web developers or software engineers, that paints a fairly stereotypical picture of Google+’s userbase: nerdy guys who have deep understandings of technology and who don’t mind killing some time setting up Circles of friends.
Great news! I'm proud to announce Google+ Profiles is launching a new privacy enhancement in response to user feedback. Starting later this week, you will be able to set the privacy setting of your gender on your Google+ Profile just as you control other information about yourself. :-)