Google+ growth rockets

Extraordinary growth – Google+, the embryonic social network launched by Google last month, is approaching 18 million members, Mashable reports.


Quoting data from Google+ user Paul Allen who has been tracking user growth throughout July, Mashable says Google+ continues to set records as the fastest-growing social network in history although the meteoric rise in growth has begun to taper off as Paul Allen’s chart above suggests.

No matter, 18 million members in less than a month isn’t to be sneezed at.

If you’re experimenting with Google+, you’ll know it’s made available by Google as a ‘field trial,’ Google’s way of saying it’s a beta, some things don’t yet work properly, other things will change and new features will arrive. There are a number of very good introductory guides to Google+, such as:

I’ve been experimenting with Google+ for some weeks and Shel and I talked about it in FIR 606 earlier this month. Shel’s written a useful guide to Google+ from a business-use perspective. We also experimented with Google+Hangouts, the informal video-conferencing feature, that gave us mixed results in this early stage of its development (and see what some companies are thinking about with Google+Hangouts – Dell and customer service, for instance.

To join Google+, you’ll need an invitation until such time as Google make it wholly open. If you’d like one and would like to join me on Google+, just ask: all I need is your name and your email address plus a simple reason why you want to sign up.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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