Google (GOOG) recently boasted it now has 400M total Google+ users and 100M monthly active users...

Google (GOOG) recently boasted it now has 400M total Google+ users and 100M monthly active users (MAUs). But as Joe Wilcox notes, Google claimed in June Google+ had 250M total users and 150M MAUs. So how did MAUs decline even as total users jumped? It likely has something to do with the fact that Google could be counting any registered user who has seen a Google+ post or clicked on a +1 button as a "user." Facebook, for the record, had 955M MAUs at the end of June.
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  • Canary Cash
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    To use a Google service like local reviews (to write one) you have to convert your Google profile into a Google+ profile. Then you are counted a user. Social engineering at it's bestest.
    18 Sep 2012, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    Despite being a Google enthusiast, I canceled my mistaken Google+ account. Cancelled FCBK account.
    18 Sep 2012, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • pabcanc
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    Google +had a major face lift and made it more entertaining ,alot like facebook...paul sykes
    18 Sep 2012, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    Google+ is a good place to take a break. My followers grew from under 100 (flat growth) to 1,600 and it grows around 50-100 users per day. Simply hit "explore" and then you realize why (FB) is obsolete. The explore page replaces all the "jokes" and "quotes" groups that now dominate the "timeline" on facebook. For this reason alone, I fail to understand why anyone would buy shares of Facebook.


    Add someone's shared circle. Voila. You're "following" 500 users in 2-3 steps. Click on the circle to delete. Voila. No longer following them.
    18 Sep 2012, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • cybermutiny
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    Why would you want to follow 500 random users? The whole point of Facebook is to keep up with friends/family/acquain... not to follow the most friends possible.
    19 Sep 2012, 10:32 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    500 is just a number. The circle could be 500 users interested in science fiction, or cooking, or photography. G+ is more about gathering like-minded users and sharing and interacting with them.
    23 Sep 2012, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • Jeach!
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    955M MAUs... your kidding right! You don't actually seriously believe those numbers, do you?


    Think about it! That would mean 1 person in 7 on the planet uses Facebook regularly (monthly). If you even start to analyze this, by eliminating the very young and very old (who don't have an account) and then eliminate the poor (ie: China and India) who don't even have electricity you then start to realize 1 billion active accounts is just practically impossible.


    Then if you start to factor in those who have fake accounts (I have 1 real and two accounts which I created with aliases) and I know a ton of my friends who have done the same thing. Remove those people who created pages of their idol, politicians, etc but they aren't the real person behind the name. Then add all those fake pages which are intentionally created for a purpose (ie: Al Quada, creating fake female pages to track British soldiers).


    Also factor in that Facebook themselves admitted to having discovered close to 100 million fake accounts (very conservative in my opinion).


    You soon realize that that number is just impossible and Facebook is desperate to bring their stock price back up.


    Me personally, I have an account on both Facebook and Google+, but I visit it once or twice per year. I like Google much better though (my disclaimer)!
    18 Sep 2012, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    google does not respect privacy. they even fcuked apple with android, a stolen product. i do not believe google plus has a future for privacy reasons.
    19 Sep 2012, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • Jeach!
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    I think Google is the least of your worries!


    For one, it is one of the most competent tech companies of our time (unmatched).


    Second, the privacy concerns you seem to be worried are exaggerated. Just because Google wants to 'centralize' their content, doesn't mean there is a concern. If there is any company that knows how to protect their user data, it's Google.


    Third, if your worried about user data (and lots of it), I'd be worried about Facebook. Why? Because it's clear that FB will never make money on their searches. And it's even more clearer that FB will never be able to monetize the mobile apps. So in a few years, out of shear desperation to increase revenues, Facebook will start to sell VALUABLE user data to make extra money (which is a gold mine).
    20 Sep 2012, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    When a company switches to a new business strategy ("google search") instead of extending from its core strength (advertising, sale of private information), that's a red flag. Market is giving (FB) benefit of the doubt, but the mountain of shares coming due does not change, and the mobile efforts still need to be proven to be profitable.
    23 Sep 2012, 11:22 AM Reply Like
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