Google+ Games are a Go

In Technology on July 27, 2011 at 7:03 am
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Google+ may open its doors to the public on July 31… with its gaming platform intact.
Thursday brought news via Facebook that Google’s new social service will throw open the doors to the entire public on July 31, 2011. At this point, the news is merely rumor, as this particular Facebook page isn’t officially sanctioned by Google. We also haven’t seen anything pop up from Google employees on Google+ itself.

“Google plus in beta reaches 18 million users,” the Facebook page reads. “At this rate, it will be around 100 million in 3 months. But the growth rate is expected to rise when the site goes public on 31st July.”

The Wall Street Journal spouts a different number than the unofficial Google+ Facebook page, reporting that the social site has already reeled in 20 million users… and it’s not even open to the public. The number stems from an estimate provided by web-traffic watcher comScore Inc. on Wednesday and includes the 5 million users planted in the United States.

“I’ve never seen anything grow this quickly,” said Andrew Lipsman, vice president of industry analysis at comScore. He added that the only other site that has accumulated as many new visitors in a short period of time is Twitter in 2009, but that happened over several months. Google+ has been in invite-only mode for only three weeks.

According to the paper, comScore produced its 20 million estimate by using a similar approach Nielsen utilizes to measure television ratings. Thus, rather than relying on actual hard data piped in from Google, the estimate was made based on a “global measurement panel” of two million Internet users.

As for the July 31 date, there may be more involved than simply going public with Google+. Various reports are indicating that Google may actually launch its gaming platform on that date based on a Google+ help page which for a short time mentioned gaming. Unfortunately, the company has removed any hints since initial reports surfaced, but apparently previously read that “if you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games stream.”

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