Larry Page announces there are 10 million Google+ users.

Today Larry Page announced that Google+ has reached the 10 million user mark in just a few weeks time. Here is an excerpt from the Google quarterly earnings call today:

I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today

Over 10M people have joined Google+
Great achievement for the team

There’s also a ton of activity
We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day

Our +1 button is already all over the web
It’s being served 2.3 billion times a day

So while we have a lot of work still to do, we are really excited about our progress with Google+

I’m really excited to see how fast this new social media eco-system can get to 100 million users.


4 hopes for Google+

I am really enjoying Google+ …. much more than I thought I would. I’m not sure if it is the excitement of starting fresh or that the setup process has been very easy? With any new system there are things you hope for, things you hope the designers get right or quickly update to make the whole experience more enjoyable.

My hopes are:

  • That the Google+  iPhone and iPad apps will be really good ( and not held up by Apple in the approval process,) The Google+ community will be limited if this becomes an Android platform only show.
  • That someone writes an API letting me connect with my current Facebook “friends” on Google+.
  • That someone creates tool to copy my photos from Facebook into Google+.
  • That Google doesn’t loose interest in this like some other abandoned projects ( something tells me this will not be the case; I think Google is “betting the farm” on this project …hoping to increase the user’s time spent in the “Googleland” filter bubble)
In any case Google+ has been very fun! The early reports are that Google could be up to 5 million users in the first 2 weeks. That is not a bad start given that few “online ecosystems” grow that quickly with so few launch problems.

 

What has your experience been? Please share you thoughts and hopes!

 

-Bill