Australian Google Plus User Numbers – August 2011

on August 23, 2011 | Google Plus | Comments (20)

It has been widely reported across the internet (ComScore data) that Google Plus now has 25 million registered users. Basically anyone can get into the system now if someone else using the site invites them. If you are looking for a Google + invite, leave your email in the comments field below (in the email field if you wish – which is invisible to everyone but me) and I will invite you.

I am trying to find some user numbers for Australia but it has not been an easy task.

Can I however make the following assumption – the Geographic spread of Facebook users compared to Google Plus users would be about the same?

Ie, according to there are 10,475,340 Facebook users in Australia making up 1.45% of the total Facebook population.

Google Plus now has 25 million members worldwide, and the Australian segment of this (1.45% of 25 million) would be 362,500 Australian’s on Google Plus.

Now this is very much an estimation, but gives you some indication of how Google Plus has been adopted in Australia.

Lets solely compare Australian Facebook users v Australian Google Plus users

Total Australian users (Facebook + Google Plus) = 10,475,340 + 362,500 = 10,837,840
Facebook Market Share in Australia = 96.655%
Google Plus Market share in Australia = 3.345%

Here is a quick graph to give you a visual of Google Plus v Facebook in Australia.

Google Plus v Facebook Australia
Google Plus is one of the quickest websites in history to gain 25 million members (quicker than Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc) – however the problem Google faces is getting users more active. It seems a fair amount of users do not post updates regularly. Whereas with Facebook, activity is always fairly high.

We will keep track of how Google Plus grows over the coming months and will also add Google Plus stats to our monthly Social Media Statistics reporting.

If you have any feedback on the data please leave it in the comments section below.

David Cowling :

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  • I definitely don't think you can make that assumption!
    Here is site that lets you search people on Google + as well as see how many followers they have etc.

    It shows Australian registered users are about 36k however this is only out the 14mil+ people who have been indexed based on peoples privacy settings.

    If you take into consideration that G+ is mainly for geeks and SM people, then I would say that much more Australians use Facebook than G+ because lets face it Aussies are a little behind the rest of the pack when it comes to this space.

    Again I'm sorry to say that I have also made an assumption, but hey what are the comments 🙂

  • In my opinion the biggest issue for Google Plus at present is – and probably the reason that a fraction of users are regularly posting – is if your friends can't join and connect with you, what's the point of being in the social network in the first place.

    In my opinion Google screwed up having such a limited beta, it should have never been opened to the public if it wasn't ready and may have an impact on their results 12 months after the mainstream release date.

    Rich – @RichMcPharlin

  • Thanks for the link Christopher, but I am not sure that website is entirely accurate. It looks like you need to have 'Australia' listed in your profile for it to find you?

    That site also says there are just over 1 million American users? That can't be right.

  • A worthy comparison David. As an Aussie Google+ user I agree the activity is less but I find it interesting that most posts are check-ins to Google Places. This makes the 'nearby' stream fairly active and as Google places functionality broadens it could be more effective than Facebook places too.

  • Lucinda

    invite for Google +

  • kym

    I'd like to be invited to join Google+
    Thanks : ) Kymba

  • Hannah

    I'd like an invite please 🙂

  • Ryan

    Invite for Google +

  • John

    Invite for Google+ pls

  • invites sent!

  • Great article. An invite to Google+ would be greatly appreciated, David 🙂

  • No probs – sent!

  • Mark Pyera

    I'd love an invite please

  • Duncan Hall

    Thanks for teh offer, I'd also love an invite – great site !

  • Andy M

    Would really appreciate an invite! 🙂

    I agree with Christopher that it's a stretch to use 1.45% because it's representative in Facebook. There are too many other factors that could influence the uptake.

    Although I must disagree with Christopher that Australians are slow on technology uptake. Most metrics I see on tech uptake by Australian consumers (such as smart phones) puts us generally ahead of other countries – please don't make me go digging for stats! 😛

    None-the-less it's an interesting analysis David.

  • Gabriel Villablanca

    Thanks – Invite would be great. Keep up the good work on the articles!

  • Gary

    Invite please!

  • james

    nice article… and reasonable assumptions given stats are next to impossible to locate.

    invite please 🙂

  • Marc

    Invite please

  • Kevin

    please invite me on g+. thanks!