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Google+ Growth Appears to Accelerate — Was It the Muppets?

Google added 12 million new users to its Google+ social network in December, according to external and unofficial (but somewhat officially blessed) statistician Paul Allen.

Allen, who forms his estimates after repeatedly searching Google+ for uncommon surnames, said Google+ is up to 62 million registered users as of today.

Why the bump? For one thing, Google has stepped up Google+ promotion, including releasing a holiday ad of the Muppets rocking out in a Google+ Hangout. There’s also one with basketball great Bill Walton.

At the current accelerated rate, Google+ would have 293 million users by the end of 2012, but Allen said he thinks Android activations will drive the growth rate higher. That seems more intuition than science, though.

(I say: More Muppets!)

Allen, who founded Ancestry.com, also noted that Google+ users seem to be more active sharers, on average, than their Facebook peers. He said the average Google+ user uploads five times more photos per day than the average Facebook user.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work