Gender Ratio on Google+: A Random Sample Study
Various sources have quoted different statistics about the gender distribution of Google+ early adopters. Early reports cited a staggering proportion of males, but +Paul Allen
's latest research is showing a steady increase in female profiles.
To avoid a lengthy introduction, I'd like to direct you to the post where he lays out his findings: https://plus.google.com/117388252776312694644/posts/PhNChsw1wQz#117388252776312694644/posts/PhNChsw1wQz
. Briefly, though, he claims that Google+ has jumped from 23% to 34% female
in the past couple of weeks.
However, the inquisitive pseudo-scientist in me wasn't convinced, so I decided to do my own experiment
. Here's what I did.
I went to Random Name Generator (http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm
) and generated lists of male and female names, in equal numbers. I used the lowest "obscurity factor" to generate the most common names. I then entered each name one by one into the Google+ profile search, and found that it took 335 random sampling attempts to get to a sample of 100 Google+ profiles. I then counted how many of those were female (all had their gender listed). The results are in the pie chart below, and look much more in line with the original pessimistic reports.