Google+ More Popular Than Twitter? - GG #81

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Google+ More Popular Than Twitter? – GG #81


Dave Thackeray joins John Hanlon on this week’s Google At A Glance. They talk about Google’s secret Google Glass meeting, Google+ now second most popular social network, Google donating 15k mini computers, YouTube paid subscriptions coming and the HTC Mini phone for your phone.


1. Google’s Secret Glass Conference
The Google Glass Foundry Developers Workshop happened Monday night (Jan 29) in San Francisco. It was a meeting of developers who have purchased Google Glass to get a head start on apps designed for the new hardware. Unfortunately, the meeting was completely under wraps and none of the devs in attendance are allowed to talk about it.

2. Google+ Now 2nd Most Popular Social Network
GlobalWebIndex tracks active social network users and says Google+ has passed up Twitter.

21% of the global internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis. This compares to 21% actively using YouTube, 25% actively using Google+ and a staggering 51% using Facebook on a monthly basis. The fastest growing network in 2013 in terms of “Active Usage” (defined as “Used or contributed to in the past month”) was Twitter which grew 40% to 288m across our 31 markets (approximately 90% of global internet population).

3. Google Donated Raspberry Pi Mini Computers
Google has donated 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers to help kids in the UK learn to program.

4. Would you pay to subscribe to a YouTube channel?
Some YouTube channels could soon cost between $1 and $5 for subscriptions. YouTube has reached out to some content creators and asked them submit ideas for paid channels.

5. Do you need a phone for your phone?
The HTC Mini is made for people who have phones so large that they don’t want to hassle with pulling them out. So why not have a smaller, thinner, lighter device to make calls?


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  • faaranoor

    Google+ was the second most popular social media platform on the web
    with In first place was Facebook with 693
    million active users, while Youtube — another Google product — was in
    third place, slightly ahead of Twitter.

  • DaveThackeray

    Smart episode, John. It's entirely coincidental in that I'm on it.
    Really broad range of topics. This has to be the #1 Google-focused podcast regularly starring a juggler.

    • netcaststudio

      DaveThackeray I think you should start a comedy podcast Dave.  I'm sure it would be entertaining.  As always, thanks for being a part of our network of shows.