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Google+ is catching up to Facebook

From 12 Awesome Social Media Facts and Statistics for 2013 @ jeffbullas.com:

Facebook still dominates at 70% of account ownership but Google+ is not far behind at just over 50%. Keep in mind though that Google+ account is mandatory whenever you create a new  Gmail account. This is pushing up the account ownership stats. No other social network has Google’s web assets leverage.

The large Chinese internet user population is producing some large Chinese centric social networks including Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and Qzone. So Facebook doesn’t just have Google+ breathing down its neck but the rise of China’s social networks will possibly be a threat in the future.


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  • http://aardling.com/ Stijn Vogels

    This “account ownership” means nothing if you don’t have the activity to prove it. Google is notoriously sketchy with the explenation of where they get those numbers. For instance: are Gmail and YouTube included?

    • http://aardling.com/ Stijn Vogels

      What do you think, Clo?

      • Clo Willaerts

        Of course the numbers are right, if you stop seeing G+ as a FB killer; it’s an identity platform, gluing the most important Google services together. Very soon gmail=youtube=picasa=googlesearch=googlemaps etc when it comes to identity.

        • http://aardling.com/ Stijn Vogels

          From that point of view, you have to wonder where Microsoft is with Hotmail/Outlook, MSN/Skype, So.cl, etc. Same goes for Yahoo!

          • http://jcvangent.com/ Hans van Gent

            Microsoft is a heavy investor in Facebook, so there you have their platform ;-)