Google+ might have received a lot of rave reviews and fantastic response in its early days. So many people joined up immediately, that it raced to 10 million users in 2 weeks. It’s user-interface and features like hangouts made me even wonder about the 5 top companies which Google+ might put out of business.
Latest numbers from Hitwise, suggest that visits to Google+ are dropping. They are dropping fast while overall growth is still continuing.
So does this mean the Google+ party is over? Not by a long shot and here are five reasons.
Why the party continues!
- It could be a temporary slump. Google Plus is only a few weeks old and there is no historical data to really compare or predict a lack of growth or downfall of Google Plus.
- Google Plus is new and it saw a huge early interest from people. This interest drops and usually visits plateau out. Once this happens, Google will have to keep putting out new features and options to see a steady growth.
- Google Plus had the ‘by invitation’ strategy to get people interested in look at the new service. Once Google Plus goes open for all, a lot more people will obviously join in and start using it.
- Also once it is open for sign-up for everyone we might see numbers go up. Also new features like games and easy share buttons once introduced will automatically make it more interactive and shoot up traffic.
- Finally, this data does not take into account all the visits from mobile applications and recently Google+ has released apps for both Windows7 and iOS platforms. This might mean a lot more people are now using Google Plus via mobile phones and not a browser.
What are your views? Should Google+ be worried with this drop in visits? Do drop in your comments.