Google+ overtakes Twitter as second highest social networking platform
When Google+ first launched in June 2011, the whole world was skeptical about it, what with Facebook being at an all time high and showing no signs of decline, and Twitter just kept on increasing in popularity. According to a new research done by Global Web Index, Google+ is now the second most used social networking service, followed closely by YouTube and Twitter.
To accurately determine the active users, GWI asked their respondents on which social networking sites they have an account on, and whether any posts have been made on them in the past month. Talking about numbers, as of December 2012 Google+ is estimated to have 343 million users worldwide, with Youtube approximating to 280 million, followed a hairs breath away by Twitter. Still, Facebook stays well in the lead with 693 million users.
Despite the large market share, Google+ also had a respectable growth of 27% active users, with Twitter blowing past with 40% increase. Facebook also saw growth, 33% globally, despite the so called "Facebook fatigue", with a total install base close to 1 billion registered users.
Let's see how 2013 will shape things up, especially with a new revamp of MySpace.