Google+ Hits 40 Million Users

Since Google+ has opened to the world, we have reported time and again some non-official statistics of Google+ growth. After a long wait we have something official from Google’s stable. The co-founder and chief executive of Google, Larry Page revealed on Thursday that their social networking competitor of Facebook is showing some healthy growth and hit 40 million users.

Larry Page said in an earnings conference call that “People are flocking to Google+ at an incredible rate and we are just getting started.” He further said that billions of digital photos are shared at their social platform.

Page continued to say that the features we have introduced in Google+ will soon be built into other company’s online offerings. This would be interesting to see Google integrates its social and sharing features of Google+ to its entire platform.

He further explained the company’s intentions of shaping their social networking platform to something incredible. He says:

“We are still at the very early stages of what technology can deliver. These tools we use online will look very different in five years time and we are building these tools into Google-plus.”

While announcing its third-quarters earning, Google said that it has posted $9.72 billion in revenues, 33% more than what it had posted in 2010 for the same quarter. Similarly, the company’s operating income has also increased to $3.06 billion for the third quarter over the last year’s $2.55 billion.

Hitting 40 million plus users is certainly a great achievement for the newly born social network. It was first launched on June 28 in an invitation-only test format. Later, in September, Google launched its social network to the public.

Some of the prominent features Google introduced in Google+ include letting users to video-chat ‘Hangouts’ with camera=enabled smartphones or tablets and even broadcast video presentations to groups of watchers with ‘Hangouts On Air’.

Some of the renowned figures who have already taken part in Google+ Hangouts include Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and the retired archbishop of Cape Town and a popular human rights activist Desmond Tutu.

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