January 29, 2013
Measured by the number of active users, Google+ is now the number-two social platform after Facebook, says a study by the GlobalWebIndex. As SocialTimes reports, analysts compared Internet users in 31 markets who had used or contributed to a social network in the previous month. In December, Google+ reportedly grew by 27 percent to 343 million active users, representing 25 percent of the world’s Internet users.
As a social network Google is still smaller than Facebook, where the number of monthly active users grew by 33 percent to 693 million, or 51 percent of the Internet population. Researchers calculated that Google’s social network has 903 million account-holders, not far behind Facebook’s reported 1 billion users. YouTube, which is owned by Google, now attracts 21 percent of the Internet’s active users, making it the third largest social network. Forty-six percent of the Internet population is now using a Google product for social networking, the site reports.
With 288 million active users, Twitter finds itself in fourth place as a social network, behind Facebook, Google+, and YouTube. According to the study, 21 percent of the world’s Internet users are on Twitter every month. — Greg Beaubien