It's Officially Unofficial: Google+ Hits 20 Million Members Mark

Paul Lilly

With or without your participation, Google+ just keeps growing at a record rate, and it appears the social networking site has officially breached the 20 million members mark, at least unofficially. Confused? Google isn't reporting that number -- not yet anyway -- but market research firm comScore is, which we can take as a more reliable metric than co-founder Paul Allen's formula for measuring Google+'s growth.

"It is definitely the fastest ascent to 20 million visitors that I can think of," Andrew Lipsman, comScore's vice president of industry analysis, told the L.A. Times .

The new data comes just one week after Google Chief Executive Larry Page announced that Google+ had more than 10 million users, and reaffirms Paul Allen's data , which suggested that Google+ was closing in on 20 million users based a formula that examines surnames. Perhaps his fuzzy math isn't so fuzzy after all.

In any event, Google has yet to open up its social networking service to the general public, as it remains by invite-only three weeks after launch.

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