Facebook now has 1,000 times the referrals of Google+
Numbers dropping fast as Google plans major upgrades
The amount of activity on Google+ is falling, according to the latest data from web monitoring firm NetApplications, with Facebook massively ahead of the competition.
The data showed that Google+ was outpaced not only by Facebook, but also sites like YouTube, Reddit and LinkedIn. While Google+ is still relatively news to the social networking game, its data is no longer rising, but falling away.
“In November, Google+ social media referrals have dropped again,” the company reports. “Facebook now has over 1,000 times the amount of referrals [that] Google+ [has].”
When contacted by The Register, Google said that, as a matter of policy, it doesn’t comment on third-party figures like this. In public Google says that the takeup of Google+ has exceeded expectations, but it is clear from this data that Facebook is still demolishing it.
The company is, however, planning further major upgrades to Google+. In a Q&A session on Wednesday, Google Pages team member Kristoffer Sorensen confirmed that the site will allow multi-administrator control by the end of the year, and analytics capabilities are also planned – which might use its BigQuery cloud data analytics engine. ®
Real Names v Aliasssessses
If Google plus want to differentiate itself, perhaps it can implement aliases.
They understand that people have different circles of friends with differing levels of access.
OK , fine +1 to Google Plus compared to Facebooks boolean default stalker heaven.
But it's strange that they don't seem to understand that people may wish to show a different name online in different situations.
If the alias is linked to the "Real Name" they still get the precious precious data that they need.
I was using Google+ for a couple of weeks before the robots decided I couldn't use my nickname. Violates some sort of policy, or whatnot. Google experiment purged, back to Facebook.
No doubt Google will use Microsoft-style tactics to bully users onto Google+ by the forced integration of it through Android 4.0.
Personally, another proprietary social network is the last thing I need, especially if it lets Google get its beady eyes on more of my data.
There is one way that Google could win the war of the social networks in a respectable way - this would be if Google were to support a truly open peer2peer social network that allowed you to install a small PHP/MySQL application on your own server and host your own data. I see there is one that attempts to do this called "Diaspora", but the geeks managing it don't look too competent or experienced. A big company like Google weighing in could make all the difference.