Google+ and Facebook. One is the largest social network in the universe with more than 800 million members, and the other is, well, Google+. If Google's social playground is ever going to truly challenge Mark Zuckerberg's social amusement park, it's going to have to keep its momentum going. So far it's been doing that. Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page announced yesterday evening that Google+ now has more than 90 million users worldwide, over double what he announced just three months ago.
Part of the reason for Google+'s early success is Google's relentless focus on improving its service.
"With Google+, we've shipped on average a new feature every day since we launched in June," Page said. "That's more than 200 updates in total."
Equally impressive to the fast growing memberbase is the activity level. According to Page, over 60 percent of its users engage on the site daily, and over 80 percent weekly. That might be hard to believe for folks who have checked out Google+ and determined it's a ghost town, especially compared to Facebook, but it's all in how you use the service and who you have in your circles. Robert Scoble, for example, is a posting machine, and Gary Whitta frequently posts entertaining tidbits. Maximum PC has an active presence on Google+ as well.
Whether you've checked out Google+ and weren't impressed, or liked what you saw and stuck around, it's hard to argue with the numbers, and things are just getting started. Still, Facebook has a huge lead, is also continuing to grow, and continues to add new services as well.
Do you think Google+ will ever catch up to Facebook?