Google+ goes past 20 million users, but some accounts being deleted

 

By Posted 24 Jul 2011, 11:24

Google+ has been with us for around a month now, and so far has been well received by most users. While the site still has a long way to go before it can match the numbers of some of its rivals it’s not doing too bad. Now there are reports that Google+ goes past 20 million users, but some accounts are being deleted.

An article on eWeek is reporting that according to data researcher comScore, the site has over twenty million users. This figure doesn’t even include people who have visited the site via an Android or iPhone device. In the first three weeks of its life the amount of users of the site included five million from the US.

The comScore estimates are from June 29 through to July 19 in what are pretty impressive figures. Vice President of comScore Andrew Lipsman, said that the ”figure represents an increase of 82 percent from the previous week and 561 percent vs. two weeks prior.”

While the US leads the user numbers the worldwide growth is still impressive with India following behind with 2.8 million users. In the UK there are around 867,000 visitors, Germany with 706,000, and Canada has 859,000 visitors.

The number is likely to be quite a bit higher though as these figures don’t include visits from users who used a smartphone application. The Google+ tool bar which is found at the top of most Google pages were also not included. Lipsman did say that Google would still have to work hard to keep users active and interested with the social network.

But an article on ZDNet is reporting that a significant number of Google+ accounts have been deleted recently. This has been put down to the company’s policy of users of the site using their real names. Violet Blue is reporting that Limor Fried otherwise known as Lady Ada of Adafruit Industries had her Google+ account suspended. Her account was eventually reinstated but only after some complaints.

But other users have reported their accounts being suspended and are met with the following message, “After reviewing your profile, we determined the name you provided violates our Community Standards.”

Users are asked to provide their full name and email address, and a scan of a photo ID or driving license. But when Google suspends people’s accounts it is only Google+ and not things like Gmail. Other people have found their Google+ account deleted because they use multiple account sign in.

There are bound to be some teething problems with the early life of Google+, but they are nothing compared to the problems Facebook still get now. Many users are still complaining about the new chat sidebar and other issues. Do you know anyone who got their Google+ account suspended?

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