"Despite users' curiosity around Google+, it seems like most Google+ users just wanted to see the platform before returning to Facebook. 'Google has lost over 60 per cent of its active users on its social network Google+, according to a report by Chitika Insights, raising questions about how well it is doing against its rival, Facebook. Despite the clear interest in an alternative to Facebook, it does not appear that the people joining are staying around and actively using the web site. Google's problem is not getting users in the first place, it seems, but rather keeping them after they have arrived. For now it appears that a lot of users are merely curious about Google+, but return to the tried and tested format of Facebook when the lustre fades. The problem is that Facebook is not going to rest on its laurels while Google attempts to get the advantage. Already it has added features inspired by Google+, particularly in terms of improving the transparency of its privacy options.'"
I don't actively use Google+ or Facebook, although I tried out the former. It seems to me that whoever's got the users will keep the users, because users want other users. Why move to Google+, no matter how good it is, when everyone'd already using Facebook?
Does anyone know why people moved from MySpace to Facebook? Maybe studying that shift is important.
people will move to G+ because unlike FB, Google doesn't fuck around with the privacy settings every other week, eventually people will realize that the world doesn't revolve around FB and choose the better option
How did this article get its info ? Did they just go and ask Google ? I think not. There's no way of knowing without Google telling, and my Google+ hasn't lost anyone, in fact more posts than usual.
"Chitika Insights" is pretty much running a smear campaign, Google is the big dog in their space. And seriously, from there it went to the Inquirer, to Slashdot. What kind of chinese whispers game is this ?
On Facebook, I've just started receiving more and more app spam I can no longer block without modifying individuals, on a one by one basis. FUCK THAT. If I could simply hide all app notifications, only see status updates and REAL posts, I would be happy.
I’m a daily user of Google Plus. And the feeling is mutual among Google Plus users.
No one can understand the statistics that are being reported.
On a daily bases I find more and more people. The Dalai Lama had a Live Hangout out the other night. I've watched concerts. Michael Dell posts regularly and interacts with users, and has spontaneous frequent Hangouts. Tom from MySpace is a veeery active user on Google Plus. Sergey and Larry are also very active users and do, also, talk to people.
What I see happening is that people are taking advantage of the ''Circles''. It is a simple but very powerful privacy system. And most likely because people are starting to post directly to their circle of selected friends, and less to the Public, is why we're seeing reports like these come out.
It would sound different to me to say that almost 60% of Public Activity has diminished. Even if that’s a suspicious number.
I registered last summer when there were prolly less than a thousand users. And to browse and see how it has grown makes me suspect reports like these.
Who? Me thinks you are a little too deep in nerdom
And I've worked for and seen Michael Dell in person. The only interesting thing he has ever said was when he told us about how his net admins shut down his quake server.
Google+ traffic grew by 480% in one month, so press reports a 60% decline. Wait, what?!
Have you seen the stories lately that Google+ traffic dropped by 60%?
This figure represents not the decline of Google+, but the decline of newspaper trustworthiness. Here's what happened.
Google+ was invite only. On the day they opened the floodgates to the public, traffic immediately spiked by 1,200%. These new people were mostly enthusiastic new users. But a minority was tire-kickers who didn't stick around.
When the dust cleared, total traffic was nearly five times higher than before the doors opened. But the Sunday Mail reported it as a 60% drop from the peak on day one of public beta.
Their idiotic, misleading headline: "Traffic plunges for Google+ as 60% of users log off"
The accurate headline they should have used: "Traffic increases fivefold as Google+ opens to public"