At this quarter’s earnings call, which took place earlier today, Google’s CEO Larry Page has expressed his extreme satisfaction with Google+’s performance, along with several promising figures.
According to Page, over 10 million users are now on Google+ and over 1 billion items, including photos, video and status updates, have been shared since its launched just three short weeks ago.
I’m super excited about the amazing response to Google+ which lets you share just like in real life.
In case you’re not yet aware, Google+ is Google’s new endeavor in the social networking world. Launched 3 weeks ago, the service is marketed as a powerful service that leverages natural human interactions, making them more powerful through technology, unlike other services which allegedly hinder natural human behavior. The new service, currently restricted to those who have been lucky enough to have received invites, takes several features that were already available in other social networks and makes them better. Features like +Circles allow users to organize their friends into different groups and have strong control over what’s shared with friends in each circle. Google+ got so much attention that it caused Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to join to service, although he later brushed it off claiming that Google+ is a mere confirmation of his vision.
This year, Google has gone through a substantial transformation ever since Eric Schmidt, the previous chief executive of the company, stepped down and was replaced by Larry Page. Since then, Page has reorganized the company but cutting much of the red tape that was, according to him, hindering innovation. Along with the organizational changes came a new social focus that culminated with the launch of Google+ three weeks ago. The new strategy is clearly working, since the company has today posted the highest revenues ever, totaling at $9.03 billion, about a 32% increase over the last quarter. The company has also hired over 7,000 employees since March of this year, which suggests steady growth.
10 million users for a fully public 3-week-old service would be great, the same number for an invite-only service is rather impressive. Demand became so strong at one point that Google was forced to suspend issuing new invites for a limited amount of time, although the service is accepting new users once again.