Survey Says

More People Are Using Google+ Than You Thought, Hater

Do you feel good about your jokes, everyone?
Guess that's what Google+looks like? (geekword.net)

Guess that’s what Google+ looks like? (geekword.net)

Wait, so a lot people are actually using Google+? If we’re to believe a new report from the not-fake sounding GlobalWebIndex research firm, the Google Ponzi scheme is actually the second-largest social networking site in the world, with 359 million active users. That’s up 33 percent since last summer, when it logged 270 million users.

The largest social network, however, is the Social Network itself: Facebook. It registered 700 million users, a slight irregularity from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s claim last October that it had one billion users. Twitter slipped into third place with 297 million users, but is finding success in courting an older demographic. GlobalWebIndex said that Twitter is quickly growing with the elderly, which means your grandma might be a closeted #TeamFollowback member.

Google+’s figures should come with a footnote, though, since it has created its own online ecosystem with its plethora of rainbow-colored products:

Google accounts are ubiquitous, linking massive services like Gmail and YouTube within the same space as its social network.

So, log-in to one service, and you’re signed-in to all, like Google+. That’s one way to game the system.

Follow Jordan Valinsky on Twitter or via RSS. jvalinsky@observer.com