According to a PC Magazine article yesterday, Google’s social-networking extravaganza Google+ could reach 20 million users by the end of this week. Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen (not of Microsoft fame), used data from the US Census with the surnames of Google+ users.
According to Allen in a recent Google+ post:
My surname-based analysis shows that the number of Google+ users worldwide reached 7.3 million yesterday (July 10)—up from 1.7 million users on July 4th,” and that it is a “350% increase in six days.
In addition, Allen expects the Google+ user base to increase to 20 million users by the end of this week if the invite distribution mechanism remains open.
While this speculative statement runs rampant across the internet, Google on the other hand has remained silent. “We don’t have any comment on the number of people in the Google+ Field Trial,” a Google Spokeswoman said yesterday. When Google re-opened its invites for Google+, the company stated that it wished to double the number of participants in Google+’s field trial, yet declining to note how many people it would be allowing.
While Google+ continues to grow in size, one question remains: Is Google+ going to end the era of Facebook and its hold on the social-networking scene? Only time will tell.