Internet, Social

Google+ has 2 Billion Accounts; While Facebook had just 1.3 Billion in Q2 2014

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According to data collected by Greg Miernicki, a technology professional, Google+ now has more then 2 billion accounts. Google had not made this data public, the techie had himself been tracking this information using third party tools.

However, a Google team member, Mark Traphagen,  accepts the accuracy of this data in a post. He also clarified the following misconceptions that might arise among people after seeing this number:

1) These aren’t all “active” accounts. That’s right. And it’s wrong. If by “active” you mean “doing stuff at” you are correct. But see objection #2

2) Non-active accounts aren’t “real” Google+ accounts and shouldn’t be counted. NO <buzzer!> They are only inactive in one small part of Google+. But most of these are active accounts anyway, as far as Google is concerned.

See Also: Google Stops Pushing Google+ Accounts to New Users with ‘No Thanks’ Button

Statistic: Number of monthly active Facebook users worldwide from 3rd quarter 2008 to 2nd quarter 2014 (in millions) | Statista


As per the social user stats on Statista, Facebook had 1.3 Billion accounts till second quarter of this year. This might come as a surprise, since the popular notion has always been that Facebook is a more popular social network. The difference in the numbers could be attributed to the fact that Google used to have a mandatory Google+ sign up for its different products. Also, any person having or creating a Gmail account would automatically get enlisted on Google+ as well. Google has recently changed this.

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  1. 1

    This is why I think Google should rebrand Google+ and call it something else. If you say to people that Google, not Google+, has 2 billion accounts then it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise considering all the Google products and seeing that android has already passed the 1 billion android activation mark. People may not use their account that much for posting on the Google+ stream but they still carry their social identity across other Google products. Also, Googe+ streams aren’t as saturated with posts compared to Facebook because not every single person you add on Google+ will share content with you but that doesn’t mean it’s an inactive account.

    • 2

      Are you thinking people are more apt to use Google social network just because it has a different name? I don’t know about that. I think the people that use (and will use) G+ are the same people that would use it under any name.

  2. 3

    I’m going to call bull on these numbers. Remember, they still have Youtube so these numbers aren’t all the accurate and how many people actually USE their G+ accounts other than for Youtube? Google, stop lying and be honest. G+ FAILED due to your aggressive marketing campaign.

    • 4

      Wow, so you didn’t read the article? That’s exactly what they just said when they quoted “Mark Traphagen”.

      And calling G+ a failure just because its not in FB territory is weak. There are several communities with close to a million users posting and sharing. Just because you don’t use it doesn’t mean others aren’t happy using it.

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