Google’s foray into social media continues is success reaching 20 million users despite not yet being widely available to newcomers.
In just three weeks of opening the members list has recently soared past the 10 million mark – hit after just one week – and shows no sign of abating.
This is according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, featuring data from analysts comScore.
Of course there is no need to get too excited just yet.
20 million is a mere tenth of Twitter’s users and Facebook is way ahead with 700 million.
But it is not bad going and we can’t help but think that the exclusivity put in place by Google – ostensibly to not overload the site while it irons out problems – is adding to its desirability.
Indeed there were recent reports that Google has been courting Hollywood celebs to endorse the site.
At the moment however it is necessary to be invited by a current member to gain access.
Vice president of comScore expressed his surprise at the results, “I’ve never seen anything grow this quickly. The only other site that has accumulated as many new visitors in a short period of time is Twitter in 2009, but that happened over several months.”
America is thought to have the most Google+ users at five million.
870,000 users are thought to reside in the UK, the third placed region.