This week John Hanlon goes over the December jump in Google+ users, Google Election results page, Chrome gaining market share in the browser wars and major internet companies possibly going black to protest SOPA.
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1. Major G+ Users Jump
December 2011 saw the biggest jump yet in Google+ traffic. An estimated 62 million people are now members of Google’s social network making it the fastest growing social network ever.
2. Google Elections
If you’re following the 2012 US presidential election race, check out Google.com/elections. Google has stuffed the page full of election news and promises to keep it updated in real time during the primary and general elections.
3. Browser Wars
IE still at the top with 39% market share. Followed by Chrome at 27% and FireFox at 25%. IE started 2011 with 46% market share. Safari at around 5% even though it comes preinstalled with iTunes.
4. Major Internet Companies Going Black?
SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) – proposed bill that will censor the internet removing copywritten material. Google, Amazon and Wikipedia rumored to protest