Google+ catching fire

Google+ may be getting enough attention to make Facebook, Twitter anxious

By , Computerworld |  Software, Google, Google+

Bill Gross, the founder and CEO of IdeaLab, a business incubator based in Pasadena, Calif., also got attention on Google+ when he predicted this week that the social network will go from 0 to 100 million users faster than any other service in history.

"People are engaging with it like crazy," said Gross in a wall post. "Now it's not completely fair, since when Facebook started, and when Twitter started, etc. those were tiny companies, and Google is huge. However, the product is extremely well executed, and a lot of people are smitten."

While Gross doesn't say his prediction is based on any statistics, his post received more than 120 comments and was shared by 431 people.

Gottheil noted that just because Google+ is gaining a lot of attention doesn't mean that people are dropping Facebook or Twitter by the wayside.

"These are tire-kickers," said Gottheil. "There's no reason to believe these people have stopped using Facebook, though ... People aren't switching, and I don't think they're committing. It makes sense. Right now, Google Plus is just a collection of possibilities."

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com .

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