Recently, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that in just two weeks since the launch of Google+ , it already has "millions" of users. Now, Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen estimates that Google+ will surpass the 10 million-users today.
Based on his guesstimates, Google+ users "worldwide reached 4.5 million on July 9, 7.3 million" on July 10th, "up from 1.7 million users on July 4th. That is a 350 percent increase in six days".
"More impressive than last week's growth is the astonishing growth in users from" July 10 midday to July 11th evening -- "a 30 percent jump", Allen writes. "My latest estimate tonight [July 11th] shows approximately 9.5 million users. This suggests that 2.2 million people have joined Google+ in the past 32-34 hours". During that same time period, Google ran out of disk space on one of the G+ servers. Coincidence or validation of Allen's growth assessment?
Allen also estimates that the service "could reach 20 million user[s] by this coming weekend if they keep the Invite Button available".
In other Google+ news as on July 12, Business Insider is reporting that Google "will not allow Google+ Profiles with fake names," and "would possibily result in suspension of account if a Google+ account is created with a fake name." The article also notes the suspension of a user who tried to use his Second Life name for his Google+ profile and was suspended.
A Googler Talks About Google+ Suspensions – A thread about suspended Google+ profiles on a Gmail help forum was answered by Natalie Villalobos, the Community Manager for Profiles. Natalie talks about how to solve profile suspensions, what can lead to these suspensions and formats that are no longer supported.
Congrats! Google+ has tested first Comment spam. A Google+ post Yes, Spam Has Arrived – How You Can Block Comments today, notes that the first spam comments have been showing up on Google+. In the post discussions user Nom DeB shared a solution to removing unwarranted comments from posts:
"You can delete comments from your post… click on the circle/triangle icon on right and select report or remove comments… then you can delete on an individual comment basis…"
How To Use Hangouts For Your Business is a post by Raven's Courtney Seiter. She breaks down how to use hangouts to maximize efficiency in a business setting. Some great tips include wearing headphones and testing in advance.
Did Google Fix Google+ Sharing? Danny Sullivan posted about a potential fix to sharing on Google+. Previously, if user A created a post, user B shared the post, and user C reshared user B's post, user B would be given credit. Now it seems that Google+ is giving the initial author (user A) credit for posts.
Reddit is currently running a post If Google+ Gender Numbers Were Applied To The World, where world population stats were estimated by redditor "other_one." This user extrapolated the Google+ gender numbers and determined that if the globe has similar male to female percentages it would contain 6 billion men and 800 women. A variety of other users also made predictions in the comments.
The Current State Of Social Networks is an image that visually compares the state of Google+, Facebook and MySpace.