Google Plus Is Growing Like A Weed

Google Plus Is Growing Like A Weed

Google Plus is growing quickly. Very quickly. A few days after it launched, I wrote about how badly I wanted them to remove the restrictions on joining and open the new social network up to everyone. Then, just a few days later, they opened up a huge window that allowed many new users to finally join. And now there are some serious signs of rapid growth for the fledgling Facebook competitor. 

If you're a Google Plus user, the odds are good that there's suddenly a lot more activity on your Stream, as there is with mine. The number of my own connected friends have increased tenfold in just the last three days. Hangouts–the awesome group video chat tool–is now quite useful and fun. But there's evidence beyond just my casual observations that Google Plus is growing like a weed in the social media garden.

Google Plus Growth – The "Evidence"

First, we have this Plus post from entrepreneur Paul Allen (founder of Ancestry.com), who uses a little math to suggest there may already be as many as 4.5 million Google Plus users on the service. Remember… Google Plus is roughly one week old. That's astounding growth.

Then, over the weekend, there was so much activity for Plus, that they ran out of disc space on a server that handles their notification system, which caused some users to get "spammed" over and over again with notices. The company fixed the issue pretty quickly, and has apologized for the problem. But again… when users are growing at a fast enough clip to fill up a Google server unexpectedly… you know you have rapid growth.

We're also seeing some pretty passionate support for Google Plus from some of the more prominent people in technology. Kevin Rose, for instance, has redirected his official domain name (kevinrose.com) to his Plus profile page, saying:

"Decided to forward http://kevinrose.com to my Google+. G+ gives me more (real-time) feedback and engagement than my blog ever did."

Some people, like Charles West of Adroinica, are saying they've already deleted their Facebook profiles. And news outlets like the International Business Times are predicting Plus will take Facebook down.

Finally, ZDnet shared some eye-popping stats from a BrightEdge study that show intense growth for those little Google Plus "+1″ social buttons that website publishers can add to their content. In fact, in terms of the number of publishers using buttons like this for the various social media properties, Google Plus has already passed Twitter:

Google Plus Is Growing Like A Weed

Conclusion?

We may not have enough to convict in a court of law, but from the circumstantial evidence we've compiled, it's clear that Google Plus is guilty. Guilty of growing at an alarming rate, and probably much faster than anyone anticipated, especially Facebook.

And I realized something when i was reading about Kevin Rose's URL redirect: Google Plus has elements of both Facebook and Twitter–all profiles are public, and anyone can follow your public stream whether you're "friends" with them or not. Everyone's talking about Google Plus as a Facebook competitor, but I'm starting to think Twitter should be just as nervous.

Video creators and video marketers ought to be watching this new service with eagle eyes, as social media has become the primary way to get the word out on new video content. Most of us just want to go where the viewers are, and right now they're heading for Plus in a huge way.

Are you on Google Plus yet? If so… give this article a "+1″ for me, will you? And also, let us know what you think about it so far in the comments below.


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What do you think? ▼
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002198950491 John VanderSchuit

    At this rate, facebook and Twitter are most likely screwed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000490333267 Mikha’el Keenanbergstein

    google-plus-growing-weed eh?

    • Jeremy Scott

      Ha! I didn't notice that. Oops. Please disregard the accidental implication.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1306060087 Vickie Christensen McLain

    4.5 million after one week, hold on to your hats!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= Anonymous

    love google+ but I'm not going to leave fb, for what? my friends are on both but I had a good laugh at the amazing fb feature (skype chat) I recall myspace had that many years ago so why all the thumbs up for fb finally adding it? weird to me but I like both but I'm pulling for google+ for sure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001078710489 Jimmy Neville

      [email protected] invite me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775288901 Marie Axelsson

    I might actually see myself stick around on facebook, only too "stay in touch" with my non "early adopters" family and friends.

  • Fran

    Can someone invite me in? I'm dying to try. My email address is [email protected]

    thanks!

  • Nicolas Hernandez

    thinking leaving facebook for google+.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000280489695 Kevin Murphy

      Did u get my invite?

    • Donald Wayne Brown

      i google everything! however i still have not found google+

    • Nicolas Hernandez

      u just did

    • Karla Perdomo

      aaah ive been wanting to get an invite to google + but i havent been able to get one ugh! its so much better then fb!

    • Nicolas Hernandez

      message me ur email..

    • Matt Gaviola

      hello is there any chance i can get invited to google plus? heres mmy email [email protected]

  • Ammar Gh

    I'm waiting Google+ everyday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738871914 Dicky Laubscher

    Looks great. Can't wait to use it.

  • Joani Orr Taylor

    All sounds great except I don't like the idea of a public profile with no option and anyone able to follow. I will watch closely, while sticking with Facebook.

    • Christian Daena Coulon

      nah it's private by default

    • Joani Orr Taylor

      Oh ok. I guess I misunderstood the post. Thanks.

    • Jeremy Scott

      Sorry, Joani, I should have been more clear. You can choose whether your Stream posts are public or only for certain Circles. Anything you publish as "public" will be visible to everyone. And your basic profile, which you control, is also publicly available. But you can choose to keep all your posts private or only for certain people if you want to.

    • Joani Orr Taylor

      Thank you for the clarification!

  • Carrie White

    K, I am new to this… is there a google+ homepage?

    • Sanjeev Mittal

      plus.google.com

  • Colin Campbell

    I agree with most of what you say. Much more intuitive and I also use many other google products. It makes sense.

  • Jordan Wang

    Hmm…an alt to FB and Twitter in one package, now THAT is mighty interesting… :)

  • Amy K. Adriance

    ♪♫•¨•.¸ Google Plus Rocks!¸¸.•¨•♫♪.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001078710489 Jimmy Neville

      [email protected] invite m

    • Amy K. Adriance

      sent

    • Joel G. R. Desuasido

      invite me please.. [email protected] thanks.

  • Dareous Marquell

    I like google plus better already!

    • Arnaud Hamelin

      How about you invite me! [email protected]

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131219711 Gautam Barthakur

      Plz send me an invite to [email protected]

  • Tyler South

    Google Plus is nice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001078710489 Jimmy Neville

      [email protected] invite please!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1270308142 Sai Manoj

      [email protected] plz invite !:)

    • Joe Martin

      send me an invite [email protected]

    • Tyler South

      Sent

    • Sandeep Chauhan

      Done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001168461082 Coroiu Alexandru

    can I also get a invite please? [email protected]

  • Michael Salm

    Even bigger fail then Wave. Nobody will remember it in six months.

  • Joanna Minsar

    Iäm a big fan of google products, it's only buzz that I really didn't think was good. Google plus seems to have all of the advantages that I associate with google – very intuitive, good function + design, fun to explore. But I still like FB, I don't think I'll use them both in a similar way. Time will tell, I'll stick to both :)

  • Samuel Lim Yi Jie

    I'm really interested in trying out Google+, can anyone invite me? My email address is [email protected]

    Many thanks!

    • Sandeep Chauhan

      Done!

    • Samuel Lim Yi Jie

      Thank you so so so much! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700418966 Okechukwu Igwegbe

    pls can someone invite me? Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000089424953 Rajesh Pawar

    I google everything! however I still have not found google+.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700418966 Okechukwu Igwegbe

    add is [email protected]

  • Deandra Tipton

    google + looks cool but I thought most people were looking for a profile they could design like they did on myspace…and will there even be games and apps on the google +? well if it ends up being the more popular then facebook then I guess once agian I wont have a choice but to use it…i just started using xanga.com cuz I like how I can design my own page on it!

    • Christian Loyen

      nobody wants to recreate myspace, the fact that facebook is uniform is what made people like it in the first place
      the problem with giving people freedom is horrible eyebleeding colors

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114065168643126 Gateway Inspections Inc

    Thought I would pass this information on, are any of you on google plus. How is it working for you?

  • Trippin

    Invite me because I'm a nice guy!! :) mrjfmartin at geemale dot

  • Cam Aplin

    can some one email me with an invite [email protected] real keen to join!

  • Aunum

    Hi, feels like i'm the only one left without an invite, plz send an invite at [email protected]

  • http://www.headarticle.com Romadhon

    That Is Tremendous amount. I think the Facebook and Google plus and have different target markets. although it has an impact on the Facebook but not just Facebook users instantly switch to Google plus. facebook is easier to use and enjoyable

  • http://www.seo-smo.net/ Social media Guide

    Nobody can say now if people will like Google Plus. But there are some extended features which people really will like in Google Plus like Hangout and Circles. But facebook is most trusted Social Media platform  today.

  • http://www.abadinbandb.ca Abadin Bed and Breakfast – Shirley

    First when people offered an invite I wasn't really paying too much attention. But I have to say – what an impressive growth-rate ….!!! But honestly what else did we actually expect from Google ?!!

  • Anthony

    Great article. I can't wait to get on Google+, especially the circles function. Can someone please invite me, [email protected]? :) Please, please! ;)

  • pirooz

    ++++++any body wants google+ , leave your request here if you want one.++++++++

  • Kamlesh

    I would like to get an invite. thanks. [email protected]

  • Adeel

    Kindly send me Google+ invitation at [email protected]

  • Peter Obasoto

    Please invite me. This is my email address :[email protected]

  • dipesh

    please send me invite……….for google plus
    please.my email is [email protected]

  • https://twitter.com/RankWatch RankWatch

    And there will be a lot to watch out for in the coming days from Google in its social media platform. You have been certainly on many other social networks, and Google+ does look like Facebookish in the first instant, but this is not true. It is a Google product, and certainly its 10m+ users can't be wrong at a single time.

  • seobabloo

    Hi Friend please send me invite……….for google plus
    please.my email is we [email protected]

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