Google+ reaches huge milestone: 1,000 “active” users

Google+, Google’s social network, has been a major focus at Google. They have put a lot of resources and effort into making it the social web that connects all of their products and services. Though it’s nothing more than a Facebook competitor, Google has much bigger plans for its product, planning to bring it to Google’s core to leverage interaction and valuable profile data to enhance their services. Though Google has been touting huge growth and massive amounts of new users, we decided to do our own research.

The latest numbers from Google claim that Google+ has reached 500 million users and 100 million “active users”. This is an impressive stat, given that the service has only existed for about a year and a half. But, when you actually use the service, you may notice that only 1 or 2 of your friends ever say a word on the service. Are we supposed to believe that 1 in 5 users are using Google+ on a regular basis? WRONG.

Though we had every intention of doing our own research, we actually didn’t have any way to conduct this research, or really any clue how we would get these numbers on our own. Luckily, we have an inside source at Google, so we just pawned it off on him (or her – but most likely him , let’s be honest). Anyway, long story short, there are only 1,000 total users using Google+ on a daily basis. And, the term “using” is meant to be taking lightly. We don’t mean posting every day, we mean actually visiting the site daily.

And if you were curious where Google came up with that 100 million “active users” number, they measure “active users” as a user who has logged in to the Google+ service at least once. One time. That means that 400 million users probably signed up on accident, or thought they were getting a Gmail account, or both.

Anyway, Merry Christmas.

Google Makes Desperate Play, Redirects Google.com to Google+

Today, Google made a shocking, unannounced decision to redirect all traffic from google.com to their new social network, Google+. If you open up your web browser and attempt to access the massively successful web search engine, you’ll instead be taken to the home page of Google+, where you will either access your Google+ profile or be encouraged to create an account.

Google.com Redirects To Google+

We are just beginning to see the impact of this decision, and it’s not good. Users so used to “Googling” their way around the web are now forced to search through a database of irrelevant Google+ postings from their friends. We interviewed one high school student, John Brastow from Michigan who told us his experience so far. “I woke up this morning with a strange rash, so of course, I tried to Google it”, he said. “Instead, it made me use the search on Google+. None of my 5 Google+ friends have this rash, so now I’m left to only think the worst – AIDS or Brown Recluse.” We asked John if he tried Bing. “What the fuck is Bing?”, John replied.

We reached out to Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, and here’s what he had to say about the decision.

We understand that not all of our users will welcome this decision immediately.  What we believe here at Google is that your Google+ circles contain the most important people in your lives. Why comb through thousands of Google web results when you can get the most relevant answers from your friends?

We’ve received no word on if this is a permanent decision or just a ploy to attract more users to Google+. We can only hope its temporary, or this may be the beginning of the end of the world.