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Will People Leave Facebook for Google Plus? [Google+ Poll]


A poll was recently conducted by PCMAG.com asking using whether or not people would abandon Facebook for Google+.

The poll was based on the answers from 6,237 PCMAG.com readers. I think it is important to note that the readers of PCMAG.com are generally interested in technology and I think it is safe to say that many of them are early adopters.

That being said, the results of the poll were, in my opinion, overwhelming. 50% of the respondents reported that, yes, they will leave Facebook for Google Plus.

Leave Facebook for Google Plus Study

Considering Facebook has 750 million users, I find it hard to believe that over 300 million people plan to abandon the social network that they’ve been using for years, for a social network that has been in existence for less than 2 months.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on how Google+ will change the internet or why there have been some user adoption concerns, then you know that I am a very big fan of Google+ and definitely envision a day that I will no longer log in to Facebook.

In the month that Google+ has been public, I’ve seen my Facebook and Twitter activity decrease tremendously! As more people join Google+ and the features of Google+ are refined, I see myself using Facebook less and less.

As I stated earlier, these statistics are a little biased based on the demographics of readers that PCMAG.com has, but they’re also interesting nonetheless.

What do you think? How long do you think it will take for Google+ to have more users than Facebook?

Anson Alexander

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Anson specializes in providing software and technology tutorials in both print and video format. With hundreds of tutorials published on AnsonAlex.com, Anson has also authored and recorded a course for Lynda.com as well as other media companies.

Anson has a degree in International Business and Information Systems from the University of Tampa and also enjoys enjoys traveling and gaming.

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6 Responses to "Will People Leave Facebook for Google Plus? [Google+ Poll]"

  1. zaheer says:

    well i think over the time, facebook will be facing a stiff competition from google +. the only reason i can think , if google+ gets more users than facebook, would be because of the email users google has. if they all turn to google+, just think what that figure might be apart from the users who dont use gmail and join google +.

  2. Anson says:

    I think you're right Zaheer. One of the big reasons that Googlel+ had such a successful launch, is that they already have millions of users from their other services.

    If they can really bind all of these services together into one platform to do email, document composition, photo editing, social sharing and news information, then I think they can definitely pass Facebook at some point.

    We shall see!

  3. Janine says:

    If they keep it simple and easy to use, and not change everything once you get comfortable with the site.

    I recently and finally signed up with facebook and I already want to go back to myspace, which is also frustrating. Someone needs to make a social site, make it good, then leave it alone.

    Not all of us are tech freaks. We need something that's easy to use, but not limiting.

  4. Bryan says:

    Without some kind of integration with Facebook so one doesn't have to double post and go between 2 different sites to stay connected, few will stick with G+ for the long haul, especially if FB continues to compete with G+'s advantages. G+ Circles was a big selling point until FB provided Groups/Lists.

    I can get on board with G+ because I gave up on FB long ago because it's constant privacy changes and navigation difficulty. But my wife that has *invested* much time and energy to FB, despite it's frustrations, she's loath to "start over" with a new service (hype) – she already acknowledges spending too much time on FB, the thought of adding *even more* time in another social network is too overwhelming.

  5. David @ Buy Books says:

    One of the challenges that I see for Google+ is that people only have so much time on their hands. The people that have already invested their time in Facebook will not be switching to Google+ unless there is some compelling differentiation. For me, I like the clean layout and look of Google+, though I've grown used to the busier look of Facebook. I rather like the absence of ads on Google+.

    As of Sept/2011, there are 38 million Google+ users. At Facebook's current 750 million users, that is a 20x catch-up game. Going on the PCMag survey, pulling 50% away from Facebook would bring both to parity. "How long do you think it will take for Google+ to have more users than Facebook?" I guess 1 year. I've made riskier predictions picking stocks at the wrong price/time.

  6. Nancy says:

    Very thoughtful read. Even I was wondering how Google+ is marking its presence as I see almost all of my Google contacts building G+ profile. Even I find it more comfortable than Facebook. So my votes goes for G+ too:)





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