Google Plus was formally launched on June 28th with limited invitations. Initially most of us thought that Google will have a hard time convincing Facebook and Twitter users to migrate to this new network. Contrary to early fears, the budding social network has already reached a new milestone by crossing 20 million connections in less than a month. This is a commendable achievement given that the project is still in the beta stage and works on an invite-based system.
Well known research firm ComScore gave out these numbers, which clearly suggest that Google Plus has the potential to go a long way. Not so surprisingly, it has now become the fastest growing social network, a position which was previously held by Twitter for crossing a significant number of activations within just a few months. The main reason for the success of Google Plus would be the hype that it created when it was first shown off. Almost everybody wanted to get into the new social network by having a profile of their own. That being said, it still has room for improvement. Google has mentioned that once the project is up and raring to go, it will be made available to all.
However, the trend hasn't quite caught up in India, where users still favour Facebook and Twitter. The latter actually works as a social network for professionals because it doesn't have many complications. Google Plus is more of a social network to while your time away with, which is similar to Facebook. Therefore, it is generally thought that Google Plus is more of a competitor to Facebook than to Twitter. Facebook on the other hand, is still the top dog with the most number of members and it has been adding new features such as voice and video chat. However, many still feel that the Hangout group video chat feature of Google Plus is still cooler. It is difficult to predict at this point of time as to who will win the social networking war, we will just have to wait and watch.