Google+ Basically a Ghost Town
Visitors to the social network spend three minutes there a month
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2012 12:06 PM CST
This Oct. 1, 2011 file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels.   (AP Photo/dapd, Virginia Mayo)

(Newser) – Google+ launched with ambitions of competing with Facebook, and if you listen to CEO Larry Page, it's on pace to do just that, with 90 million users registering since June. But there's one big problem, the Wall Street Journal observes: Those 90 million users aren't actually doing anything once they've signed up. According to comScore, the average Google+ visitor spends just three minutes a month on the site, compared to six or seven hours for Facebook.

"Google+ "does not have the same degree of vibrancy that Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest has at the moment," says one media buyer. To wit, Zynga says the growth of CityVille and Zynga Poker players—both games are now offered on Google+—has been sluggish. But Google insists that Google+ is more than a destination website, arguing that it adds value to other Google services like search and YouTube. "We're growing by every metric we care about," said one Google VP.

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cmueller56
Feb 29, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Google+ shot itself in the foot from the start. It came off as an elitist group of people trying to be snobby about their social status(or online status). People signed up because they were already using Gmail, and it was easy, just click a button. Google+ is better off being scraped, its name changed, and re-launched. This time let it get discovered rather than flaunting it. Put it out on the web with little promotion. State how it is better than Facebook or Twitter. People will be interested in it because "they found the next big thing".
BakeBrains
Feb 28, 2012 8:00 PM CST
I've never had, nor ever want a Facebook account. However, I have no regrets from signing up for Google+. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. When I first joined, it was kind of slow, but over the past few months, I've discovered/met a number of very interesting and cool people. I'm only on it for maybe 45 minutes to an hour a day, but that's enough to read what interests me, post what I want, and respond to topical comments.
BarrySmith
Feb 28, 2012 2:09 PM CST
"Google+ Basically a Ghost Town" wow nothing like top notch journalism......and trust me that was nothing like it. I'm willing to bet that IF you have even used g+ you didn't do it for more than a week. So many (my self included) have gave up with facebook and their "screw you" mentality towards its users. G+ does attract a different class of users. They seem to be more grown up and alot more in tune with what is going on in the world around us. i just LOVE the innovative and intuitive UI and "Circles" idea. So if you going to publish something about a social medium please at least attempt to do it competently because you actually look less credible than Fox news when you publish trash like this.