Earlier today it was reported that Google+'s popularity has soared into the millions -- 25 million to be exact. A new report from AFP (ironically, via Google News) claims that the social networking service from the world's largest search giant has grown faster than Twitter, MySpace, and even Facebook when it first launched. According to Mashable, it took Facebook and Twitter around 36 months to achieve those numbers. These are amazing statistics for Google, considering the service is actually so niche and invitation-only.
But, can we be honest here? How many Google+ users are still using the service on a regular basis? Personally, I keep forgetting to log in and check what's going on. Initially, I was really excited about Google+ because it was something new and fresh, but now that some time has passed, I've hardly touched it. That makes me wonder: while Google's claiming 25 million users, what percentage of these "users" are actually "using" Google+?
The other day on Twitter, I lamented about how hard it was for me to get over my shyness and say hello to my mat neighbor in yoga class. And then I realized it's because everything I know about being social I learned from Twitter and Facebook. And then I got a little sad when I realized that's what my generation has come to. But that's alright, because I suppose that just gives me more of a reason to use my iOS devices, right? So I can stay friends with the few people I've met IRL? Oh crap, I'm using acronyms now. I've become the problem.
So, anyway, welcome to Free App Friday. And here are three social apps to help you stay in touch with friends.
Google+ is slowly becoming the new go-to social network. So much so, that you might be feeling left out of the scene because you just have no idea what's going on or what to actually use Google+ for. We put together a helpful little primer to get you started on Google's new social network, to get you all "plus one" in no time!
With the Google+ announcement and the rush to get on the newest social networking service, Facebook may soon look like a wild west scene with a tumbleweed blowing in the wind (i.e. like how Myspace looks now).
If you're looking to migrate from Facebook to Google+ or you just want to backup your Facebook photos, we found an online tool that can help you out and save you some time.