We mentioned a Nielsen report on Android apps earlier this week when highlighting the fact that Angry Birds was hottest among adults 35-44. That Nielsen report also revealed a troubling story for Google +.
Now all the Google loyalists are going to start crying that Google+ is still new, and in it’s defense it is quite new. Google+ will turn six months old right after Christmas. In six months we’ve seen Google come a long way with users on the website itself, but so far the Google+ Android app hasn’t made a dent in rival Facebook.
According to Nielsen Facebook is by far the most popular app on the Android platform. Other Google products like Google Search, Google Maps and YouTube are very popular with Android users.
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Google+ is carving out a great niche right in the middle of Twitter and Facebook. Twitter of course allows you to connect with millions of people you don’t know in short 140 character messages. There have been many times at events in different cities where I’ve been recognized from Twitter and have no idea who that person is. With nearly 90,000 followers it’s hard to know even one percent of those people.
Facebook, is much more intimate than Twitter and more intimate than Google+. With Facebooks rules about friending people it typically takes knowing someone personally or knowing someone who knows someone personally to connect with new people.
Google+ on the other hand lets you circle whoever you want to. This may sound a bit random but it’s nothing like Twitter. Google+ has done a great job of introducing people with similar interests. Take our West Coast Editor Brent Fishman for instance. Fishman has always been a bit of a hobbyist photographer but through Google+ he’s been able to cultivate new friendships with other people who like photography. In fact in Los Angeles they regularly go on photo walks.
Google+ is great for hooking people up with mentors. Whether it’s photography, cooking or djing people are sharing their tips, tricks and habits and making new friends over common interests. This is where Google+ is really winning.
We’re sure that in another six months or so Google+ will become even more popular on Android but Facebook has obviously had an enormous jump start.