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100 Million “Users” Later, Google+ Gets the Daily Show Treatment

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Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen has been tracking the growth of Google+ for a while now and his estimates for the site's growth have been pretty spot-on from the beginning. According to Allen's latest calculations, Google+ now has more than 100 million users – up from the 90 million Google CEO Larry Page himself announced just 10 days ago. Allen estimates that Google+ is adding new users at a rate of about 750,000 per day right now. If this trend continues – and there is no reason to assume otherwise – Google+ could have 400 million users by the end of the year. That's about 50% of Facebook's current user base.

It is, of course, hard to tell how many of these users are active Google+ users. Chances are, only a fraction of those who signed up are actually regularly using the service, but Google has never released those numbers and isn't likely to do so anytime soon.

Thanks to Search Plus Your World and the fact that Google is integrating Google+ in virtually all of its services, chances are the service will continue to grow its user numbers, but as comedian Jon Stewart noted on the Daily Show yesterday, for quite a few Google users, Google+ is "as all Gmail users know it, what the f*ck is that thing up there. How can I turn it off?"

 



10:05 am


Woopra 2.0 for iPhone: A Glanceable Dashboard for Your Real-Time Stats

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Not too long ago, Woopra was really the only game in town for publishers who were looking for real-time stats for their sites. Today, the company has numerous competitors (including Chartbeat and Google), but it still remains my preferred real-time stats service. Since the launch of iOS 5, though, Woopra’s iPhone app had become virtually unusable. Now, however, with its new and much improved iPhone app, Woopra has completely redesigned its app and made it the single best way to check your stats while on the go.

Woopra new iPhone dashboard

The new Woopra app focuses on a dashboard view that gives you a glanceable view of all the vital stats for your site (number of current visitors, popular pages on your site, referrers, locations of your visitors etc.). The design makes great use of the iPhone’s high-definition display and manages to cram a lot of information onto the small screen.

Also new in this version is support for notifications. Say you want to be alerted when a user ends up on a 404 page and you want to make sure you correct this situation immediately, Woopra can now send you a push message.

Other new features include support for live chat with your visitors, access to more detailed visitor profiles (only the web and desktop apps made this info available until now), visitor search with filters and support of segmented and customizable reports.



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Study: Tablet Users Love to Read the News, Still Reluctant to Pay for It

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Consuming news ranks, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, among the most popular things adults in the U.S. do with their tablets. Reading news sites and watching news-related video is about as popular as sending and receiving email, for example, and more popular than using social networking services. As the news industry struggles to find viable business models in this new world, though, one number that stands out is the fact that only 14% of U.S. adults have paid for news directly on their tablets.

According to this report, though, 23% of users also have “a subscription to a print newspaper or magazine that they say includes digital access.” This brings the total number of those who have paid access to news on their tablets to over 30% (assuming there is some overlap here, too). Only 21% of respondents were willing to pay $5 for news access, though, and 10% would pay $10.

Apps vs Browsers | Project for Excellence in Journalism  PEJ

It’s worth noting, though, that this data was gathered before the launch of iOS5. Some early data suggests that the Newsstand feature Apple built into its new operating system could boost sales for news-related apps. It remains to be seen if this is a real trend or just driven by curiosity as users try out this new feature, though.

More Data About Tablet Users

According to the Pew study, about 11% of all U.S. adults now own “some kind of tablet.” More than 80% of those who owned tablets said they owned an iPad, by the way. 2% didn’t know the brand of their tablet.

Other interesting data points: [list]

  • tablet users tend to be more highly educated and have a higher household income than U.S. adults overall
  • tablet users consume more news than the average U.S. adult and prefers reading news over watching it
  • only 21% of users mostly use apps to consume news.
  • those who download a specific news app mostly do so because they like the brand of the news organization (84%) and aren’t deterred by negative reviews [/list]

The Pew team put together a handy infographic with all the main data points from this study:

 

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4:36 pm


How Many Users Does Google+ Really Have? 9,460,000

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Google has been rather coy about sharing exact user numbers for its new social network Google+. Answer.com’s Paul Allen has been using an interesting statistical model to estimate the number of current users based on an analysis of the percentage of uncommon surnames he has found on the service. In his estimate, there should be about 10 million users on the service today. Now, it looks like there could be an easier way to discern the number of Google+ users, though. Jonathan Nelson, the founder of Google+ community site GooglePlusAnswers.com, argues that a simple Google search query could give us a pretty accurate user count without having to resort to complicated statistical models. (more…)



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