Google+ News Roundup: Changes, Millions of Members and More!

Posted Jul 12, 2011

It’s time for another update on everyone’s favorite fledgling social network, and Google+ appears to be growing up very fast! Click through for stories on calculating Google+’s millions of users, upcoming changes and chances for users to help make those changes happen, and some info on why you can’t use a pseudonym on your Google Profile.

Google+ is supposed to hit 10,000,000 users tomorrow, based on Paul Allen’s analysis. The site saw a 350% increase in users between July 4th and July 10th, calculated by Allen’s surname popularity-based model. Allen is the founder of, and his Google+ algorithm uses data from the US Census.

In other names-related news, Google will be suspending Google Profiles with pseudonymous usernames. New World Notes cites this as evidence that Google “still doesn’t get social.” It’s also evidence that Google is very serious about Google+  (and thus Google Profiles) being like real life, and wants the virtual identities to stay firmly outside of Google’s realm of reality.

Vic Gundrota promises in a post on his Google+ profile that there will be changes to Google+ next week, based on users’ criticisms of the network. Users have been commenting on the post with what they hope to see updated in the network.

Gmail Engineering Manager Mark Striebeck posted on his own Google+ profile that the Gmail?Google+ integration is on its way. He’s hosting hangouts through the afternoon today, chatting with “little focus groups” of 9 users for 15 minutes at a time. Striebeck says about 50 people will get to take part in this round, and that there will be more in the future.