Google Needs to Release Real Usage Numbers for Google+

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smkinoshita
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Re: Cautionary tale
smkinoshita   4/17/2012 10:32:16 AM
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"You know who used to handwave about usage stats like Google is now doing?

Second Life."

Hit the nail on the head there, Mitch.  I'm sure Google thinks they're far bigger and more important than Second Life, but the more they bloat their numbers the less believable they become.

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Re: Cautionary tale
kicheko   4/16/2012 4:30:08 PM
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I haven't interacted with the new design for Google+, but hopefully it changes the feel of it.

In the past, one of the weaknesses of Google+ was that it didn't feel like a social place. Unless you were attending a hangout, which is not something you get to have everyday. As compared to a site like facebook, which whenever you check in you can feel the presence of people. Google+ feels like being alone in the office, unless someone visits you.

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Mitch Wagner   4/16/2012 1:54:14 PM
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You know who used to handwave about usage stats like Google is now doing?

Second Life.

For more than a year, they counted every person who created an account as a user, even if that person never logged in. When this became widespread knowledge, the Second Life brand suffered damage from which it never recovered. 


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Re: Quantity vs Quality
Mitch Wagner   4/16/2012 12:19:07 AM
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@nasimon - Their iPhone and Android apps are pretty good. Their iPad support is awful, however. I wonder how much that will hurt them?

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cmophil   4/15/2012 5:51:48 PM
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Speaking of their rededing:

Don't you think it look eerily similar to Facebook's?

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Quantity vs Quality
nasimson   4/15/2012 10:04:16 AM
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Google should realize that it's the quality that matters and which will in turn lead to quantity, but all in its due time. Google+ usage numbers might be small, as most users are unique since all google services are integrated - unlike facebook where every other user has 2-3 active accounts. Google+ is still evolving, the recent redesign being the major one, and it'll take some time for Google+ to show where exactly it's going. So far the growth has been promising, and the new look seems better poised from the marketing angle. One area still lacking though is a better mobile app for Google+ and integration with other mobile apps.

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