There are already many people who are loving the new Google plus. There are also still many people who haven’t managed to get an invite into the social network yet. Some people have been speculating that Google has created Google plus hype by having an artificial shortage of Google plus invites and that Google plus could easily let everyone in if they wanted to. However, Google plus did briefly go haywire over the weekend, which has caused this theory to be not as likely.
On Saturday, Google plus starting spamming Google plus e-mail inboxes with tons of e-mail notifications. According to Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Social at Google,
For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over and over again. Yikes. We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have. Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.
For many internet users, this admission is huge. Google running out of disk space is something you never expect to hear. People are wondering how many Google plus users it would take for Google to run out of disk space. For now, though, we do not know how many users Google plus has signed up.
It has been suggested that Google plus has already reached one million users by Jason Hiner, editor-in-chief of TechRepublic, based on data collected by Mohamed Mansour who created a tool to import Facebook friends information to Google. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt tells us that Google plus has millions of users, but we do not know how many millions.
Founder of Ancestry.com, Paul Allen, suggests that Google plus may already be closing in on 5 million users. Allen has figured that Google plus is growing at a rate of 280% within its first full week.
A more interesting question, though, is how big Google plus will get. Many internet users are wondering whether or not Google plus will eventually be popular enough to overtake Facebook the way Facebook once made Myspace obsolete. It will definitely be interesting to watch and see how everything develops and how many users sign up for Google plus in the upcoming months. Many users are finding it to be a great place to connect with all of their friends.
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