Google+ Is More Popular Than You Think

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It signs you up automatically if you use an Android phone and want an integrated contacts list too, you can opt out though. You just do it in the account management section of g+ and select "Delete profile and remove associated social features".

Just make sure you pick the right one or you will also permanently delete your g-mail/YouTube and whatever else.

BrotherRool:
This is because Google forces anyone who has a Youtube account or Google account to have a Google+ account.

I've never willing touched the site and I imagine I count as an 'active' user, because all my youtube settings and comments get sent to Google+

It has nothing to do with the success of the social network =D

dakkster:
I highly doubt that 343 million are active users. My impression based on the activity I see among my friends and random browsing is that a lot of people have an account, but hardly anyone uses it.

^Is why

Also, I'd wonder who's idea it was to compare YouTube to Google+. You don't need an account to use the primary features of Youtube, so I wouldn't expect everyone who uses it to have one. Unless you regularly watch restricted content, post videos, or really want to comment, then you don't have much incentive to sign up.

The fucking numbers are all wrong, everywhere.

Loonyyy:

Also, I'd wonder who's idea it was to compare YouTube to Google+. You don't need an account to use the primary features of Youtube, so I wouldn't expect everyone who uses it to have one. Unless you regularly watch restricted content, post videos, or really want to comment, then you don't have much incentive to sign up.

The fucking numbers are all wrong, everywhere.

Subscriptions are the big thing right? If you have a youtube account you can subscribe to a channel and be reminded whenever it updates with content. Google are really pushing the channel idea at the moment (they want to basically start challenging networks and have a whole video entertainment ecosystem where all the networks and publishers are underneath Youtube and so Google can scrape off the top of everything). They even redesigned the site so it pretty much only recommends channels as a whole now instead of individual videos (to the point where I struggle to find videos to watch when bored) and having an account to subscribe is a big part of the idea.

Given the size of Youtube, I actually thought this figure was a bit low. I mean every person you ever see commenting has an account and so presumably has a Google + account (the 'your profile' thing in Youtube now links directly to Google + instead of a youtube page)

BrotherRool:

Loonyyy:

Also, I'd wonder who's idea it was to compare YouTube to Google+. You don't need an account to use the primary features of Youtube, so I wouldn't expect everyone who uses it to have one. Unless you regularly watch restricted content, post videos, or really want to comment, then you don't have much incentive to sign up.

The fucking numbers are all wrong, everywhere.

Subscriptions are the big thing right? If you have a youtube account you can subscribe to a channel and be reminded whenever it updates with content. Google are really pushing the channel idea at the moment (they want to basically start challenging networks and have a whole video entertainment ecosystem where all the networks and publishers are underneath Youtube and so Google can scrape off the top of everything). They even redesigned the site so it pretty much only recommends channels as a whole now instead of individual videos (to the point where I struggle to find videos to watch when bored) and having an account to subscribe is a big part of the idea.

True, but I meant the more casual consumer. The people who look for funny videos, the people who just browse, get linked there, or look for a specific instance. There's a lot of grandparents and soccer moms on social networks, who I wouldn't expect to be all that interested in the whole subscriptions etc stuff. They don't have to be a majority of users, just a large enough section to throw off the comparison. I'd say that almost anyone who uses G+, would use YouTube, same with any social network. If you have that sort of net presence, the ubiquity of YouTube makes the use of it almost inevitable. I'd expect if we went of usage, not accounts, YouTube would exceed G+, and probably Facebook.

On a personal note, I find the subscription system useless, and the idea of challenging television fascinating. I've many subscriptions, and I tend to just go to specific ones and watch videos from their channel, rather than go through the mire of suggested videos in the feed.

Given the size of Youtube, I actually thought this figure was a bit low. I mean every person you ever see commenting has an account and so presumably has a Google + account (the 'your profile' thing in Youtube now links directly to Google + instead of a youtube page)

Indeed, the guy I was quoting pointed out that if you make a Youtube or Google account, it makes a Google+ account for it, by default, and Youtube actions are displayed on G+. Which means that all the Youtube numbers get counted for G+, even when they don't use it.

I'm another person who was pretty much made have a Google+ account by having a youtube and google account.

Loonyyy:

On a personal note, I find the subscription system useless, and the idea of challenging television fascinating. I've many subscriptions, and I tend to just go to specific ones and watch videos from their channel, rather than go through the mire of suggested videos in the feed.

I never go for the suggested videos they have been universally rubbish since the channel change, but I tend to visit
youtube.com/feed/subscriptions/u instead of the homepage now which is purely a list of updates to channels you've subscribed to. Luckily I subscribed to a lot of channels because I find it much harder to find new things with the redesign

An Ceannaire:

uncanny474:
Part of that is probably their child groups, like Gmail and Youtube.

Another significant part is probably Google Hangouts, which is the single coolest thing to come out of Google+ or possibly anything ever.

What exactly is Google Hangouts? I've heard people talking about it, but I have no idea what it is.

OT: I for one accidently signed up to Google+ during one of the more recent Gmail updates. I doubt I'm the only one in that boat. Any of my activity is based solely on my Youtube or Gmail account usage.

Google Hangouts is kind of like a skype call or other videochat service. The reason it's so cool is that it has a number of built-in features and free add-ons that let you share more than just video and text. The coolest and most-used feature is the ability to watch youtube videos with the other people in the call in real time, letting anyone pause, add a video to the current list of videos, etc. It's kind of like when you and your friends would get together and huddle around a laptop to share the cute kitten videos except better in every way. Also, obligatory XKCD link. http://xkcd.com/920/

Seeing as Google try their hardest to force you into getting a Google+ account when you use their services (I've had to specifically opt out twice), I very much doubt that even a 10th of the supposed users are active. I have also noticed that several prominent Open Source advocates who I follow, who used to be fanatical about Google+ have pretty much abandoned it and gone back to using Twitter or their personal blogs as their primary means of communication.

deth2munkies:
All they did was add everyone with a gmail or youtube account to the tally. Nothing special, almost none of those people use the social tools.

You are true.

I keep getting harassed by them to use my + account. I'm getting to the point of wanting to ditch my gmail because it wants me to be integrated into everything. I only want email. I don't want to be logged into youtube if I am checking my email.

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