Facebook: Google+ has ‘no users’
Google+, the nearly two-month old social network launched by search giant Google, has been criticised by a senior Facebook executive for its lack of originality, as well as for its lack of users and appeal to software developers.
Sean Ryan, Facebook’s director of game partnerships, said that “Google has emulated aspects of our system, which is what they have the right to do. We just need to be better."
The Fortune report also includes Ryan’s comparison between Facebook and Google+’s revenue sharing model with games developers. While Facebook currently takes 30 per cent, Google+ takes just five per cent. “Google is at 5 per cent because they don't have any users," said Ryan. He also compared Google’s tactics to McDonalds copying Starbuck by selling coffee.
Google+ currently has approximately 25million users. In 2004, it took Facebook ten months to reach one million users. Fortune suggests that Google+’s rapid announcement of games such as Zynga Poker and Angry Birds has made Faceboook take notice, and that the social network’s announcement of improvements to its gaming and messaging services are related.
The casual gaming market is key because the sale of virtual goods is expected to reach $20.3 billion by 2014, according to research and investment bank ThinkEquity.