Social networks, social networks... with changes occurring almost daily, how do we choose which ones to spend our time on in order to achieve our goals?
Hmmmmm... great question, right? A couple of weeks ago Facebook made some major changes. I can't say whether these changes are for the better because the changes require starting all over again on the learning curve. Facebook irritated many of its users with these changes and comments of frustration and anger gained momentum on status update posts.
Now let's add into the mix: Google+. Below is an excerpt from an article written by Steve Olenski in Social Media Today on October 3, 2011...
Amazon Wants A Piece Of The Social Media And Social Games Pie and Bing Continues To Add Social Media Features, Google, very quietly some might say - which is shocking considering it's Google, made news over the past week or so by opening up Google+ to the masses and the results have been overwhelming.
According to data from Experian Hitwise...
Visits to Google Plus increased by 1269% following the release of Google+ to everyone
In the US alone, Google+ received 15 million visits, compared to the little more than 1 million the week before the grand opening, if you will
In Hitwise's Social Networking and Forums category, Google+ rose from 54th to 8th in overall rankings
And as the folks at ReadWriteWeb point out, "That's not all the traffic, either. These stats don't include mobile users or visits from the ubiquitous black Google toolbar. The data still show that Google Plus is disproportionately comprised of "influencers" and "early adopters" compared to other social networks, but the removal of invitations seems to have jump-started visits to the service."
Facebook boasts of 500 million daily active users; Google states their number of users at or around 43 million and growing, especially as it gets read to launch their much-anticipated Business Profiles on Google+.