In addition and for the first time since September, the company has published numbers about how the social project is doing. At that time they had announced 400 million upgraded users, and 100 million active in the stream.
Here’s what the company shared today:
More than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1′ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, writing reviews in Maps…), and 135 million are active in just the stream.
Numbers are tricky for any service, specifically Google+. Why? Because a lot of the usage is private, among people who share things just with friends. People have tried to figure out numbers for a long time based on “public” data. Again, there’s no way to know whether that’s accurate or not, so those of us who want the actual information wait for Google to say…or not say.
Do any of these numbers make a difference if you’re already dead set against using Google’s social service? Probably not. But what it shows is that the company is dedicated to pushing forward with its overall social strategy.