Google+ Is Now World's 2nd Largest Social Network
Google's own social network platform, Google+, is now the world's second largest social network, according to a report.
The report came from Trendstream's Global Web Index survey that says "Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform."
Meanwhile, here's the list of the top 25 social platform active usage services ending December 2012, according to that report:
5. Qzone (China)
6. Sina Weibo (China)
7. Tencent (China)
8. Youku (China)
9. Tudou (China)
11. RenRen (China)
12. Tencent Weibo (China)
13. 51.com (China)
20. vkontakte (Russia)
23. odnoklassniki (Russia)
It's interesting to note that China has nine social network sites on their list of top 25, while 2 Russian social network sites took spots in the top 25.
The Global Web Index report also conclude that declines in local social platform usage has something to do with growth of international networks through proxy servers, VPNs, access through multi-national company networks and mobile apps; shifting of usage to more informal social media including blogs and forums, where privacy is easier to maintain; growing number of networks penetrating the internet market; growth of apps and mobile, and growing government clamp down with real names and phone number becoming the required standard for signing up.