It’s only been a week since the once invitation only Google+, finally opened up to all comers to experience and enjoy the relativity new social network. The move has certainly worked as Google+ sees traffic and user numbers climb nicely.
According to Digital Trends the sites traffic jumped a massive 1,269%, which gave it a spot in the top ten social networking sites. It may still be behind the likes of MySpace and Facebook, but new data from Experian Hitwise shows a lot of new users giving Google+ a try.
To coincide with the site being opened up to the public Google also announced some new features, which included improved Hangouts and search features. In the period since then there has been a big increase in visits, with the US getting 15 million alone. The week before the site only experienced 1.1 million visits in the country.
These figures don’t even take into account visits from mobile users, and the sudden increase must be down to the site being opened up. Also many Facebook users have been complaining about all the changes currently taken place on the site, which may have resulted many defecting over to Google+.
Hitwise has Google+ sitting at number eight in the top ten sites that is a major jump from the 54 spot it previously held. Google+ is offering more features to tempt Facebook users across to the site, as it now offers the CityVille game that is a massive hit with 72 million users on Facebook playing it.
The amount of users the Google+ now has is estimated to be around 43 million, which is a long way short of Facebook’s numbers but is growing fast. Have you given Google+ a try yet?
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