Google released some Plus numbers today for the first time in a while. While Facebook has surpassed 1 billion active users, Google said its users number about half that and that is only for activations. Meanwhile, less than half of those people (235 million) are actually using the service (+1′ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, writing reviews in Maps, etc.). Who is using the stream? Just 135 million— or 27 percent of the people Google has activated.
More than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1′ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, writing reviews in Maps…), and 135 million are active in just the stream.
I have to say from a personal standpoint that there was a lot of excitement and new features surrounding the launch of Google Plus, but it feels like the excitement is stagnating somewhat as Google struggles to bring itself up to feature parity with Facebook. Of particular interest is getting websites integrated into Google Plus like Facebook and Twitter with automatic feeds.
Still, 135 million users is a pretty high number for such a young service.