Below is today’s top news relating to Google+, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.
Adoption Rates & 10 Million+ Users?
Google+ Vaulting Past 10 Million User Mark by eWeek’s Clint Boulton covers the stats behind Google+’s massive user influx. This report comes on the heels from Paul Allen’s report of 4.5 million users yesterday. Boulton also states:
“My guess is, unless Google+ begins to drag from user fatigue and early adopters start flaming it, Google+ could be the most viral social service the world has seen. More viral than, yes, Facebook.”
Are “Regular” People Using Google+? Matt McGee, Executive News Editor at Search Engine Land, updated a post with facts on a low rate Google+ invites being accepted and a great conversation ensued. The overall feeling in the comments was that non-technical users where hesitant, but there were a few strong comments going against this school of thought.
“Fake Names” & Google+ Suspensions
Google Will Not Allow Google+ Profiles With Fake Names is an article about the possibility of suspension if a Google+ account is created with a fake name. The article covers the suspension of a user who tried to use his Second Life name for his Google+ profile and was suspended. New World Notes also has a detailed tale of a Google+ suspension.
A Googler Talks About Google+ Suspensions – A thread about suspended Google+ profiles on a Gmail help forum was answered by Natalie Villalobos, the Community Manager for Profiles. Natalie talks about how to solve profile suspensions, what can lead to these suspensions and formats that are no longer supported.
Analysis & Tips
Yes, Spam Has Arrived – How You Can Block Comments in a post today, it was noted that the first spam comments have been showing up on Google+. In the post discussions user Nom DeB shared a solution to removing unwarranted comments from posts:
“You can delete comments from your post… click on the circle/triangle icon on right and select report or remove comments… then you can delete on an individual comment basis…”
Google+ vs. Twitter is comparison of the two services by our own Danny Sullivan. This breakdown covers commenting, sharing, usability and more.
How To Use Hangouts For Your Business is a post by Raven’s Courtney Seiter. She breaks down how to use hangouts to maximize efficiency in a business setting. Some great tips include wearing headphones and testing in advance.
Did Google Fix Google+ Sharing? Danny Sullivan posted about a potential fix to sharing on Google+. Previously, if user A created a post, user B shared the post, and user C reshared user B’s post, user B would be given credit. Now it seems that Google+ is giving the initial author (user A) credit for posts.
Google+ Fun Facts & Photos
If Google+ Gender Numbers Were Applied To The World is a post where world population stats were estimated by redditor “other_one.” This user extrapolated the Google+ gender numbers and determined that if the globe has similar male to female percentages it would contain 6 billion men and 800 women. A variety of other users also made predictions in the comments.
The Current State Of Social Networks is an image that visually compares the state of Google+, Facebook and MySpace.
Is Google+ Pushing GOOG Stock Increases? Many media outlets have reported on the positive effect that Google+ is having on the stock as it the company is primed to launch Q2 numbers. Citi stated that:
“Initial takes on Google+ are relatively positive”
And since the launch of Google+ shares have increased roughly 9 percent.