Google+ now has half a billion members, so the search engine turned web socialite announced on its blog page.
Although, of course, that isn’t really the full story of how many folks are actually using the social network.
Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President at Google, posted on the Google blog: “Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever. More than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1′ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search…) and 135 million are active in just the stream.”
The 235 million “active” figure is a little misleading in that it isn’t actually folks who go to and use Google+ at all, but those who are active in some form on the Play store (as Vic says, +1’ing apps), or commenting on YouTube, and so forth.
The 135 million number is the actual count for active Google+ users. And while that is still a long way off Facebook’s billion strong active user base, it has almost caught up with Twitter which is on 140 million.
That said, we suspect many of those tweeters are a lot more active (making more posts) than active Google+ users.
Even so, Google+ is gaining members and that can’t be a bad thing – it’s far from drifting into obscurity.