Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of Social Business for Google, says that Google+ now has greater than 170 million members.
Compared to January, this figure is 80 million more members. However, the new policy of Google states signing up for a Google service automatically means having a Google+ account. The number, nevertheless, is a far cry from Facebook’s 850 million population.
comScore reports that during February, Google+ users spend an average of only three minutes from the month of January – for Facebook users, that’s six to seven hours. Currently, these are the latest stats for engagement by users on both sites.
In addition, Gundotra also introduced the new revisions for Google+. If anything, it looks like Facebook’s Timeline with trending topics like Twitter. A unique feature is a customizable ribbon at the lower left.
The goal, according to Gundotra is to make Google+ more beautiful and simpler.
In general, the new Google features have received positive remarks from users. However, many believe that this is not enough to topple the king of the hill of social networking sites.
On the other hand, Chrome and Google+ app developers were not pleased with the new design because some of these apps didn’t work properly with the revisions. Mohamed Mansour, a Canadian developer, said that Google+ should have warned them about the major change.