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Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:36

Google+ has no users

Written by Nick Farell

Facebook's claim
Two months after Google launched its social network, Google+,  Facebook has gone on the attack. Facebook director of game partnerships Sean Ryan claimed that Google had emulated aspects of Facebook, "which is what they have the right to do".

He was referring to the way the companies make money from casual online games like Farmville and Words With Friends. Players pay for play time or virtual goods within the games, and the social networks take a cut of the sales. Currently, Facebook reportedly takes 30 per cent from game developers, whereas Google takes just 5 per cent.

But Ryan argued that Google's gaming foray was like McDonald's recent efforts to compete with Starbucks. He said that Google is offering five per cent because it does not have any users. If it had a lot of users it could screw games developers for more, we guess.

Google+ has 25 million registered users and has a long way to go before it catches up to Facebook's 750 million. However it is clear that Facebook is a little nervy about its new rival.

Nick Farell

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+2 #1 Volks1470 2011-08-18 11:07
Have to agree with this. As cool as Google+ may be. I know absolutely NO ONE i know on it, i can't find anybody!
0 #2 Kryojenix 2011-08-18 12:09
I would *like* to be in Google+ (pun *not* intended) but I can't get in, so ... ?
+3 #3 Exodite 2011-08-18 15:15
Every single social network so far have suffered from the rise and fall syndrome, even Facebook is already receding.

I don't see the problem with not competing with such a service.

As someone who doesn't use social media myself Google+ is the far better option, because I can still get linked to content posted there without being a member.

Not being walled off == better.
+2 #4 yourma2000 2011-08-18 17:39
I've only got two friends on it, I sent out invitations but people were clueless to what it is, maybe Google should start TV advertisements like they did with their other services (Gmail, Youtube, Picasa etc)
0 #5 dishayu 2011-08-20 09:13
I have about 80 friends on Google+ but none of them actually USES it... So the statement still holds true.

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