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Stephen Hall
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I write, like to cover emerging technologies
I write, like to cover emerging technologies

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So I got a lot of hate for telling it like it is yesterday — calling out Google+ for being the (relative) ghost town that it is. I know you are all militant Google+ supporters (because, well, you're all the social network's core target audience), but here's some perspective on why I'm realistic about Google+.

Yes, this network has a pretty big community of hardcore Google fans, but the site is basically unused in the grand scheme of social networks. Significantly less than 1% of the total 2.2 billion Google users use Google+, and while there are 111 million "active users," only 3.5 million accounts have 50 or more posts in the last 30 days and only 6.7 million users have 50 or more posts ever. (As of April, 2015, so this is admittedly outdated data.)

Facebook, for comparison, has 2 billion monthly active users. (https://newsroom.fb.com/company-info/). So basically, this site is a huge Google fan club. That's fine, and I have no problem with that. I used to participate here very often, so I understand Google+' value. I think the Google fanboy community here is pretty awesome.

But I'm not wrong when I say that it's not really even on the map of social networks in terms of size. Just by me posting this, I'm in that very tiny minority (1%) of people who have a Google account and actually use it (even rarely).

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If you're ever going to consider grabbing a Nest Cam, now is the time: $127.50, down from $200. http://amzn.to/2g6W4gA

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Here's a list of all dem Allo features that +Android Police leaked.

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I reviewed the Moto Z and Moto Z Force!

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Happy to say I finally convinced +Ben Schoon to join us at +9to5Google! 

Black Jacquard jacket from Levi's: Limited beta fall 2016, release spring 2017 #atap #io16
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