Google+ has '10 million users'
Google+ could be on the brink of reaching 10 million users after just two weeks, according to one researcher.
Paul Allen, the founder of Ancestry.com, has estimated the number of users on the service and predicts that Google+ is about to welcome its 10-millionth member, if it hasn’t already.
Mr Allen based his analysis on data about surname popularity from the US Census Bureau. In a post on Google+, he wrote: “By using a sample of 100-200 surnames, I am able to accurately estimate the total percentage of the US population that has signed up for Google+. Then I use that number and a calculated ratio of US to non-US users to generate my worldwide estimates.”
Google has not yet released official usage figures for the service, though anecdotal evidence suggests that demand has been high and some of the most popular users of the service are already being followed by tens of thousands of people.
Despite some criticisms, Google’s social network has been well received. In a recent post on Google+, Vic Gondotra, Google’s senior vice-president of social, said: “Lots of criticism for Google+. We are listening and working to address. Stay tuned for changes this week.”
Google remains some way behind its social networking rivals. Twitter has more than 300 million users and Facebook last week announced that it has 750 million.