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Google Now Boasts World's No. 2 and No. 3 Social Networks 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the facebook-and-the-rest dept.
redletterdave writes "A new report released Monday revealed that Google+, less than a year and a half after its public debut, is now the No. 2 social network in the world with 343 million active users. Even better for Google, YouTube, which had not previously been tracked as a social network until recently, is now the No. 3 social network in the world with about 300 million active users. Google Plus and YouTube are being used by 25 percent and 21 percent of the global Internet populace, respectively."
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Google Now Boasts World's No. 2 and No. 3 Social Networks

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  • Not much competition (Score:5, Interesting)

    by s.petry (762400) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:08PM (#42718897)

    Not to belittle what Google has done and purchased, but what other options were and are there? Google was supposed to be more secure than 1 other social network company. It is, though many distrust Google as much as they distrust Facebook when it comes to releasing information to Governments. Youtube was acquired, and for "Movies" and "Videos" was already a healthy and stable company. If it was launched as a social media site, I doubt it would have the depth it does. An alternative would have popped up in my opinion.

  • hydrox (Score:2, Interesting)

    by aahpandasrun (948239) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:27PM (#42719117)
    This is like saying that Hydrox is the #2 chocolate and cream cookie next to Oreo. It still sucks, and nobody likes it.
  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:30PM (#42719151) Homepage Journal
    ... then Google+ might be the only relevant social networking site. Facebook, twitter, etc, are still mostly plugged up with people taking pictures of their (coffee / cat / car) or telling you which bathroom they are using this afternoon. Google+ actually has meaningful discussions.
  • by vlm (69642) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:39PM (#42719273)

    Google+ actually has meaningful discussions.

    FB/twitter for pics of dinner and smiling kids and babbling complaining and TV and sports discussion, G+ for hobbies.
    G+ has HUGE and active ham radio, and photography communities.

  • by Maxx169 (920414) on Monday January 28, 2013 @06:50PM (#42720781)
    Not sure /. is that far behind Digg anymore.
  • by Omestes (471991) <(moc.liamg) (ta) (setsemo)> on Monday January 28, 2013 @09:41PM (#42722085) Homepage Journal

    None of my real life friends have actually moved to Google+ from Facebook, but oddly, the community on Google+ is better. Less lively, but also less crap (went to the store today... here is a baby picture... here is a 3 year old meme... here is some religion fluff... here is a horoscope... I like poker.).

    Google+ sucks as a network of friends, but its pretty nice for communities. Both the tech/nerd communities, and the photography communities are thriving. Google+ is the new Flickr, and they actively work on it, sponsoring all sorts of events and hangouts, and actively courting popular online personalities. Its paid off. The tech, geek, and science communities are also pretty healthy.

    On Facebook I would never follow/like/whatnot someone who isn't a personal friend. One Google I only follow people who are interesting, even if they are complete strangers. They are pretty much two completely different things.

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