Google+ set to remove games from their site

When Google launched their own social networking site Google+ last year, everybody was upbeat and some even said that Facebook’s time has finally run out.

Well, we all know what happened to Google+.

Though Google’s social networking site is still up and around, the fact that it has never reached its full potential has caused trouble within the site. Pinterest became the next most popular social networking site and Google+ lingers at the middle of the pack.

When Google+ was introduced to Internet, millions trooped in and developers introduced games to the blossoming social networking site.

Today, these games have been slowly pulled out as Google+ cut titles due to lack of players.

PopCap’s own Bejeweled Blitz was removed from Google+ today. The latter is a very famous game and it is quite shocking to learn that it has been removed.

To add insult to injury to Google+ members, Diamond Dash and Bubble Island is set to be removed from Google+ on the 1st of July. Monster World was removed last May.

Diamond Dash developer Wooga said they decided to remove the titles from the site because they “have a much larger following on Facebook, and they are active users.”

Is this the beginning of the end for Google+?

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Google+ Hangouts allow calls to any phone

Video chatting is one popular activity that individuals preoccupy themselves when using the Web. May it be for business purposes or recreational once, this means of communication is by far, one of the most affordable and convenient way of talking to another.

Google+ own video chatting service called Hangouts, is a big draw for the social networking site. The big draw of being able to do video calls with other Google+ users is making waves and raves. Now, the company is upping the ante when they decided that they could introduce and allow making phone calls to almost any phone number, not just within the social networking site.

This feature is currently only limited to outbound calls and is only available in your desktop. It is not compatible with you Google+ app on you smartphones.

Calls with the US and Canada are free, while you can buy credits if you plan on using the service for international calls.

It’s quick and easy. Click the “Invite” button in Hangouts, then the “+telephone” link. Enter the digits that you would want to call then hit “add”.

The Google Voice platform is the one that is currently running the entire operation. You can also place calls to land line and mobile phones using Google Voice’s integration into Gmail.

Google+ members reach 90M users

Google+ members have sky rocketed to 90 million individuals.

If we base it to data 3 months ago, their memberships have more than doubled signifying an influx of members. Google CEO Larry Page was “super excited” with the development.

Page said in a statement, “I am super excited about the growth of Android, Gmail, and Google+, which now has 90 million users globally – well over double what I announced just three months ago. By building a meaningful relationship with our users through Google+ we will create amazing experiences across our services.”

Page also added that he is very excited about what the year 2012 would bring them. He sees a ton of opportunities and growth for their business. He I also optimistic since the company ended 2011 with a very strong 4th quarter. According to reports their revenue was up by 29%.

As for Gmail, Google released its earnings for their email service last Thursday and said that Gmail now has 350 million users.

According to their October 2011 report, they only had 260 million users. In a span of only a few months, Gmail has upped its membership by 90 million members.

With the strong signs of Google, they blew past the $10 billion mark for the first time.

Google+ membership increase by 55%

is a runaway leader in social networking sites. No rival is near the number that FB has collected over the years.

But Google+ is optimistic that the number of individuals signing up for their services would reach 400 million by the end of 2012.

Experian Hitwise tweeted last Monday that the search giants entry to the social networking business had an increase in traffic last December 2011. The numbers doubled in just one month.

The tweet read, “Google+ total US visits reach more than 49 million in Dec-11, biggest month to date & up 55% compared to Nov-11 ow.ly/i/oT3R.

They also said in a tweet that Google+ grew eight out of the last nine weeks of 2011.

Paul Allen, analyst and Ancestry.com’s founder, said to the Daily Mail that Google+ has just passed the 62 million members mark. 25% of that number signed up during the month of December.

If we compare the growth rate of FB and Google+, the latter’s growth rate is faster since Facebook reached the 60 million mark nearly four years after they launched. With this rate, Paul Allen is optimistic that Google+ will reach the 400 million mark by 2012.

Current statistics show that Facebook now has about 800 million active members.

With the spike of Android users, the number of members for Google+ will surely increase since all Android smartphones have Google+ integrated in them. There are at least 700,000 Androids purchased every day.

The Muppets join Google+

The popular kids TV show The Muppets are now in Google Plus.

Although you can’t add the shows famous characters to your circle, what you can at least do is pretend thanks to the new ad that Google is running. The popular characters are using Google+ for a band session playing David Bowie and Queen’s collaboration, “Under Pressure”.

This is not the first time Google has used The Muppets to assist one of its products. The company teamed up with them as they celebrated the 75th birthday of Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets. Google created an interactive “Google” logo to mark another milestone in Henson’s life.

Can The Muppets help Google+ with their Social Networking business? The new player in the social networking scene has seen an increase in their growth the past few weeks. According to Hitwise, Google’s social networking entrant has seen its 3rd busiest week of traffic last November. This figures are a 25% increase comparing it to its October figures.

The Los Angeles Times reports that numbers continue to dwindle for Google Plus since its release last June. Hitwise also reported that the social networking site had 15 million visitors but they are losing more than half of the traffic over the next weeks. Latest figures show that they have 6.8 million weekly visitors as of mid-November. Three-fourths of this are return visitors.

These figures are not actual growth of those subscribing to the service.

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