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Anton Koekemoer I always thought that the 90 million user figure reported in January actually included other Google properties... Thanks for confirming my suspicions. -Great Post.Mar 2, 2012 08:56 am
Deviani Wulandari Wow, what an interesting statistic!
After reading this article, I would think twice on how many people are actually using Google+. Are they logging in to be there? or are they being paid to be there? Although Google reported that there are 90 million people are using Google, not necessarily that all of them will be using Google+! You brought up a good point when you mentioned about using Google as a search engine after you are logging out from Google+. It does not make sense at all. Google definitely needs to find a new way to improve its system in calculating its total users on Google+ demographically. Personally, I would not make a Google+ account where I can still see a huge potential on Facebook to keep my friends and I in touch. I have to agree with you, until there is a way to merge Facebook data to Google+ then I would probably create a new account. But, until then, Facebook is still the winner in my opinion. It’s all about the connection and relationship, and I think I can still gain those factor through Facebook unlike Google+.Feb 29, 2012 04:53 pm
James Gurd Hi Steph,
Thanks for the article. I've just written my own take on Google+ in light of the Search+ announcement for Econsultancy (should be published Monday). My view is that it will encourage a new wave of link spam. The gold rush of people wanting as many +1 followers and +1s as possible for their webpages to try and persuade Google they should rank highly.
As you rightly point out, more and more paid-for content is appearing above the fold (especially on laptop resolutions) as Google tries to monetise its estate as much as possible. No alarms and no surprises, regardless of it's 'community ethos' it is there to make money.
Problem is that the hard graft to get strong SEO presence is being devalued. It's feasible that months of work to get to the top for important organic keywords using intelligent marketing could be spoiled by shed loads of ads and Google+ content above the fold.
It's too early to tell how Google's algorithm will evolve to make this relevant to customers but I can see a deterioration in the value of some aspects of traditional SEO. I don't mean SEO is dead, far from it, but it's likely we'll all need to evolve our approach.
As for Google+ and Facebook, I don't see them as direct competitors. I think Google+ Circles is more likely to take people away from Twitter as it enables targeted content discussions, but I also think that is going to apply more in the B2B space than with consumers. Most of my friends don't know what Google+ is and nobody has moved away from Facebook, I can't see what the value proposition for them would be? How many people are really that bothered about seeing their friends posts in search results and would switch to a new network to achieve it?
jamesFeb 24, 2012 10:54 am
Lawrence Couldn't agree more, logging in is like attending a sold out party and realising the only people with something to say are being paid to be there.Feb 24, 2012 01:07 am
Gillian Hamilton Rogers An interesting read. There have also been stats circulating recently that demographic of these users are nearly all male and under 30. This in turn will have an impact on a) the way Google + is used (sharing images mainly) and b) which websites they search. It would be interesting to look again at your stats with this in mind. Google has to improve this demographic if Google + is going to be a viable alternative to Facebook.Feb 23, 2012 02:38 pm
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