Although Google + is still more mirage than reality for most people, companies that have been coasting along on the assumption they had some time to decide how to deal with this latest social network have found the clock has dramatically sped up. Google has set up an application page where firms can apply to become part of its initial test phase for business pages.
Estimating that 10% of all Google+ users decided to install Mansour's Google Chrome extension is probably being fairly generous. That means it's more likely that Google+ already has over a million users.
Today BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO platform, released a report on the adoption of social sharing plugins on websites. This report also includes a look at the statistics around basic social links, e.g. , a direct link to a Facebook Fan Page. The findings show that out of the top 10,000 websites those that have a link to either their Facebook page or Twitter profile are in the the slight minority at 49% of all sites. Websites without these social links are a bit more prevalent with 51% failing to have a Facebook or Twitter link on their homepage.
Overall, Facebook is still the most prominent in terms of social links and social plugins, but Google’s +1 is gaining. The most captivating stat of the report was just how little the Twitter plugins are being utilized currently even though over 40% of sites had a link to their Twitter profile.
Google and Facebook are at war. This is old news. They both want to be the center of the Internet — but there can be only one center. For a while, it looked like things were quickly shifting Facebook’s way after years of dominance by Google. Then Google+ appeared — already the most compelling social experience Google has ever offered.
I'm running a survey to see how many friends, family and co-workers people plan to invite to Google+ as soon as as the site is open to everyone.
Please take a minute to fill out this simple 5-question survey. I promise to share the results with everyone as soon as I have enough responses. And please share this post so that we can get to 1,000 responses tonight.
For those viewing raw logs, or using third party tools (like Sitemeter, which I use in addition to Google Analytics, Quantcast and Icerocket, just to overload myself with data), you can now see Google+ referrals.
You get what you give in the social networking space, so no doubt if you participate in G+ (as the cool kids are calling it these days) or you make it part of your flow, you can see it bringing visitors your way.
For those of you lucky enough to have received an invite already (or if you haven't, but are curious to know what's going inside), here is a list of the 15 most popular Google+ users thus far, according to SocialStatistics.com, a site made by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter that updates its rankings daily.
Globe and MailGoogle+ tops Twitter's shared news items, Pew saysLos Angeles TimesGoogle+ may only have tens of thousands of users so far, but the new social network has created a big buzz on Twitter, according to a new study.
Recent reports have stated that in the month of May, Google sites, including its search engine, Gmail and Youtube (which it acquired back in 2006), had 1 billion unique visitors in total. Having previously discussed the competition each search engine site faces to be the most popular and most-used, the figures distributed by ComScore, a company that compiles web data, show just how popular Google is.
Whilst it is good news for Google, particularly as it is the first time a search engine has hit this impressive 1 billion mark, the increasing figures of their rivals may cause a worry.
On Saturday I completed my first analysis of Google's userbase using surname distribution data from the US Census Bureau. Using an admittedly flawed model, I estimated then that Google had 410,773 + users as of 7/2/11.
Here are the latest conclusions: Google+ currently has 515,933 users in the U.S, and 1,226,136 outside the US for a total of 1,742,069 users.
Google+ may be the new ‘social’ kid on the block, but The Next Web’s readers have been weighing in with their opinions and, well, it seems Google could be on to a winner with its new social platform.
We asked Google+ users: “What do you think of Google+?” At the time of writing, over 1,000 people have offered their thoughts on Google+ and how it ranks compared to the two other social networking behemoths – Facebook and Twitter. And here are the results.
While it's not a rule that the creators of a social network must be the most popular users of said social network, people are finding it surprising that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's popularity on the Google+ social network is greater than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
According to SocialStatistics.com, Zuckerberg is the most followed user on Google's new social network with 29,543 followers. Larry Page is right behind him with 19,878 while Sergey Brin notches in fourth place with 15,656.
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