• http://www.douglife.com Douglas Montgomery

    Matt, I’m not sure if it’s me, but I love this articles written style. So much content, very easy to get the points and read.

    Also, you mentioned spam could be in these numbers, but what about buying “facebook likes”, “+1’s”, “Tweets”, etc. How can they even account for that kind traffic?

    I noticed there wasn’t a mention of Tulalip, so it’s safe to say Microsoft is allowing the G+ / Twitter dust to settle?

    What all of this buzz tells me is that people are thirsty for the PERFECT social platform, but:

    A.) They don’t know exactly what that is.
    B.) And there is an increasing amount of social users across the board.

    Great article Matt.

  • Matt McGee

    Thx for the kind words, Douglas – appreciate it. And you raise a good point about the, ummm … illegitimacy of some social activity (buying likes, buying followers, etc.). As far as MSFT goes, I get the impression they’re a ways away from doing anything, but I reserve the right to be wrong. :-)

  • Christian Greiner

    Thanks for putting it into perspective Matt. Its true, we do get caught up in numbers sometimes without thinking about how those numbers are derived or whether they even contribute to a better user experience.

  • TimmyTime

    Bravo Matt,
    great to read a balanced article when it comes to Google here. many G articles here seems to have been written by Google’s PR department

  • http://greatquestionhq.com A.S.

    Looks like Digg totally died in there, along with Myspace. Digg was the original of these kinds of sharing icons, I don’t even see a Digg badge on this site for instance. Too bad that was a groundbreaking project.

  • http://primate.co.uk Gordon McLachlan

    I know it’s silly to say but I do think Google has an unfair advantage over Facebook and Twitter with it’s +1 button as essentially it can leverage the fact that it affects – to some degree – search engine rankings. That’s going to be a huge draw to anyone.

  • http://ambitiousceo.tumblr.com Edward Agyeman


    What a well written article. Fred Wilson shared this on his Tumblr, that’s how I got here. I have a rule: “You don’t find great content, it finds you”

    Keep perfecting this craft.


  • Matt McGee

    Even when Digg was at the height of its popularity, we probably wouldn’t have had a Digg button because the community there has always hated SEO. We wrote about this several years ago:


  • Matt McGee

    Thx Timmy, but if that’s your opinion, you might want to read some more articles. We always aim to call a spade a spade, and when Google (or any company) deserves to be called out on something, we do it without hesitation.

  • Aliakbar Yazdi

    Bravo Matt, useful source post for write new post . thanks allot …

  • http://trentonhymas.wordpress.com Trent Hymas

    Great post! unbelievable stats! In the end all that matters is that users are having a great experience!

  • http://www.blackfridayonlinedeals2011.com/ B.F.

    Twitter.com Page Rank = 0 What’s google doing ?

  • http://halfoffdepot.com jonathannelson

    One thing Google does have that Twitter doesn’t is speed and uptime. For example, when trying to view those tweets above I was presented with a fail whale. Now that we have Google Plus I think Twitter is a ticking time bomb.

  • http://www.magestore.com Ngo Van Trung

    I recently found a site: http://www.plusg.info There are over 10M profiles indexed by that site. Does anyone think that is true?

  • Sitaram Asur

    Twitter Blog (http://blog.twitter.com/2011/08/your-world-more-connected.html) says they get over 200 million tweets a day, not the 350 billion you report. The 350 billion tweet was just a speculative comment.