Google Plus is continuing to set records as the fastest-growing social network in history, but Google’s social force is starting to show signs of losing steam.
On Tuesday, Paul Allen, co-founder of Ancestry.com, posted his most recent analysis of Google Plus’s growth on his Google Plus account. According to his analysis, Google Plus, which is a Facebook competitor from the search engine giant, will likely reach 18 million users by the end of Tuesday. However, the growth rate has dropped from its peak by 50%.
Allen said in his post on Google Plus, “last week we saw two days where more than 2 million signed up in a single day. If that rate had continued, Google Plus would have reached 20 million users by last Sunday night. But the last four days have averaged only 948,000 new users, and yesterday the site added only 763,000. Yesterday’s growth of 4.47% was the slowest viral growth since Google opened up invites back on July 6.”
Many users are now wondering why Google Plus’s growth is slowing down. Google Trends indicates that the buzz around Google Plus has died down some, which is only natural for a major news item. Allen does point out that Google Plus is still invite-only, and it has not been promoted by any of its other properties. It’s very possible that the growth of Google Plus will skyrocket once it is promoted on Google.com or YouTube.
It’s estimated by Allen that Google Plus hit the 10 million user mark sometime on July 12th or 13th. Larry Page, Google CEO, confirmed that Google Plus had more than 10 million users during an investor earnings call on July 14th. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook creator, now has more than 250,000 followers making him the most followed user on Google Plus.