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

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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:16PM (#42718965)

    Not too long ago, YouTube asked me if I wanted to change my YouTube name to something else.
    I thought 'Sure, why not.'
    And out of nowhere, I became a Google+ user.
    For a couple of months now, they've been tricking YouTube users into getting Google+ accounts.

  • by admdrew ( 782761 ) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:24PM (#42719061) Homepage
    No, Twitter is a very strong 4th, and there doesn't appear to be a close 5th. Orkut only has about 33 million active users [], which would put it much farther down.
  • by Githaron ( 2462596 ) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:39PM (#42719269)
    I was a Brazil a few weeks ago. From what I saw, it looks like everyone over there is starting to move to Facebook as their dominate social network.
  • by parallel_prankster ( 1455313 ) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:40PM (#42719289)
    The more important matter is how much are they being used, especially to "socialize" as compared to facebook? I mean Google forces you to be a Google+ user pretty much if you use any of their services - Gmail, Picasa etc. What are the ad revenues on these services? What is the frequency of posts per user?
  • by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:42PM (#42719327)

    Exactly. Note also that they merely claimed they were "active users", but that what defines a user as "active" is a rather open definition if you go all the way back to the original report [] ("Used or contributed to in the past month"). If all that is necessary to be considered active is to use a Google service that is linked to your G+ account (e.g. Google search returns personalized results based on links shared by your G+ friends, which are (frustratingly) turned on by default), then more and more people are becoming active users every day without even realizing that they are being counted as such, for precisely the reasons you specified. Google keeps presenting it as a simple account upgrade or transition to a new system, rather than the user signing up for a new account entirely, which is entirely deceptive and unethical.

    Moreover, the idea that there are actually 343M active users on G+ flies in the face of everything most of us know about the network, which is that the place is a virtual ghost town. Claiming that it has roughly half of the active user base of Facebook (343M vs. 693M) simply doesn't ring true and should have sent up a number of red flags for the research group. That YouTube has that many users comes as no surprise. But I don't see how a social network that most people still haven't even heard of can possibly be more popular than the most popular video sharing site that gets linked to and shared every single day, or half as popular as the social network that's used by nearly one in seven people worldwide.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @05:03PM (#42719615)

    At least it doesn't automatically fuck around with your accounts across sites. I'm sure this scenario has happened to some of you FB users before:

      - See video on one of those "youtube with nudity allowed" sites such as dailymotion
      - "This video is not suitable for minors, please sign in to confirm your age"
      - "Hmm, okay, it'll be easier if I just use FB to log in instead of creating an account for a site I don't really care about."
      - Watch video o.o
      - Several hours later
      - Check FB
      - You have a post on your Wall about watching the video, with comments on it from other people

    Yeah, after this happened I all but stopped using the site entirely. On the other hand, Google is quite clear with how you share information across sites. I don't need to worry about a comment on some blog ending up getting sent to friends on G+, or some log of what YouTube videos I watched in the past week.

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982