Google+ could take off, but may have no womenfolk

12 07 2011

Idealab CEO Bill Gross has predicted that Google+ “will go from 0 to 100,000,000 faster than any other service in history.” It’s a bold prediction, but even he acknowledges just that. His explanation of how he arrived at this prediction is based on the following points:

  • “The service is great.”
  • The service is “timely.”
  • People are engaging with Google+ “like crazy.”
  • Rumors have the number of users pegged in the millions, but he says that even if it’s just a million, it might already be the fastest to that number.
  • Google is huge.
  • The product is “well executed”.
  • People are “smitten”
An interesting aspect he didn’t look at is

SocialStatistics.com shows stats for over 18,000 Google+ profiles. You can see who has the most friends and followers, as well as various other items. You can see, for example, that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has the most followers at 110,820, which is quite interesting, considering that he is followed by Google’s own CEO Larry Page (61,678), who also has “0″ listed in the Friends column.

Most of the top 50 are made up of the usual suspects in the technology circuit – Robert Scoble, Matt Cutts, Kevin Rose, Jeff Jarvis, etc. Of course various Googlers are in the mix. What is quite interesting, however, is that the overwhelming majority of those currently using Google+ are male, according to this site. That’s 86.9% with 11.6% listed as female. 1.5% are listed as other.

Facebook’s Paul Adams was apparently eager to share these stats (on Google+):

Paul Adams posts Google Plus Stats about women

These stats are based on a sample of approximately 20,000 out of a possible 5 million accounts. It’d also be interesting to find out if this is normal for early adopters of technology. Given the employment skew of male to female in tech industries I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that males are more likely to be in the first wave of new tech adopters.

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