John Paczkowski

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More Women Crashing Google+ Sausage Party

Apparently, Google+ isn’t quite the frat party it first appeared to be.

Early reports had figured the membership of Google+ to be upwards of 87 percent male. But evidently the data on which those estimates were based — culled from sites like and — was skewed. Now, new analysis performed by Paul Allen of FamilyLink and shows a very different gender balance.

Using a method he calls “surname-based random sampling,” with which he correctly predicted Google+’s 10 million member milestone, Allen found Google+ to be 66.4 percent male and 33.6 percent female.

That’s a dude-heavy social environment, compared to its more gender-balanced rival Facebook, but one whose gender distribution is a bit more equitable than the 90:10 ratio of men to women previously reported.

And it might be becoming more balanced by the day. According to Allen’s estimates, Google+ was 77 percent male and 23 percent female on July 4. Three days later it was 68.4 percent male and 31.6 percent female, and today it’s nearing a 2-to-1 male/female ratio.

“Google+ is quickly turning pink,” Allen said in a post to Google+. “The poster of 18 men in a hot tub that has been passed around for the past week or two is not reflective of reality and is not what Google+ is going to end up being.”

That said, it was an awesome picture.

[Image credit: Evil Milk]

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik