Nearly everyone from 9 to 90 uses social media in some form or another. Even octogenarians have Facebook accounts. However, among my own peers, it seemed that Google+ wasn’t getting much traction.

This infographic proves me wrong. At the end of 2013, there were one billion Google+ users, second only to Facebook.

But, does this really mean Google+ is that popular? I’m not so sure.

One billion registered users are automatically “users” when they create Gmail accounts. I have a few Gmail names myself — for personal email, Palmerworks email, and genealogy correspondence. I even have one with a “Craigslist” user name for selling items online, so potential buyers (and scam artists) don’t see my personal address. I also create a Gmail account for each new web client that utilizes their new domain name as a user name.

Each of those accounts automatically brings with it an ancillary Google+ account. However, when I search around, I see only a few of my peers regularly using their Google+ accounts.

  • How about you? Are you an avid Google+ user? or just happen to have an account attached to your Gmail address?
  • Do you think Google+ usage correlates to age groups? Does the younger generation use it more?
  • Do you think Google+ is as popular as statistics show, or are the stats just reflecting Gmail users?
  • Will Google+ continue to gain popularity, or is Google forcing us into account ownership that we don’t want or use?

I’d love to hear your opinion.

 Source: The Growth of Social Media v2.0 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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