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This post covers a few things:

1. First month on Google+.
2. About to cross over 100,000 follower mark.
3. Why Roger McNamee is freaking wrong about, well, everything social.

Photocredit: I shot this photo of Larry Page, getting applause at last year's TED (he gave them all phones). I put that here to thank Larry for stepping up his game and making Google+ happen.

First, Roger McNamee is freaking wrong in his speeches about social. Read more on +Paul Allen 's report here:

First, Roger is wrong because he has forgotten how networks spread, how innovation works, and how people move from one to the next. AOL didn't kill Prodigy overnight. It created a movement of people that took years to see its full effect. The Web didn't kill AOL. Heck, AOL still isn't dead, even though, well, the Web was a far more dramatic and important innovation.

Real innovation is like a doubling penny. My favorite question is "would you rather have $100,000 today, or a penny that doubles every day for a month?" Facebook is the $100,000. Google+ is the doubling penny.

VCs and big company employees tend to take the $100,000 every time, even though we KNOW that is stupid (the penny, at the end of the month, comes out to more than $5 million).

Why is that? Why is Roger saying the game is over?

Because Roger is looking at the world like a VC or a big company executive.

I still remember when Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky (who now runs Windows) told me that there wasn't enough business value in Skype, Flickr, Wordpress, Wikipedia, and a few other things to care about. In fact, in the 2004 email he wrote back to me he repeated "business value" 13 times (IE, he was running a $4 billion a year business and would I please stop bothering him about doubling pennies). This is how people look at the world when they are on top. They don't care about doubling pennies.

But, Google gave birth to one a month ago. It doesn't yet look important to Twitter or Facebook, which has 750 million users (Google+ probably has only a few tens of millions of users and we're not yet sure how many of them will stay active -- history proves only a small percent will).

Google VP Vic Gundotra told me he's seen this happen before. Everyone thought Google could never compete with Apple's iPhone. Today it seems automatic, but on Sunday, Vic reminded me just how big an odds Google was up against. Apple had dramatically more users than Google did in the early days. Even I didn't believe anyone would take Android seriously (big mistake on my behalf, but it gives me the credibility to say that Roger is making the same mistake today).

Social media networks ALWAYS start out with small groups, which then cause other people to be sucked in. In Facebook's case it was teenagers at colleges who pulled in their parents and other people. In Twitter's case it was geeks who pulled in the celebrities who then pulled in the mass market.

Social networks (online communities, if you wish) always seem to start out as small, unimportant things in the early days. But as they scale up they gain strength.

Today Roger's right: Facebook is on top and has the strongest network. My wife won't quit it. I don't yet have enough tools to convince her to come and spend time on Google+. Her friends are against me. THAT IS a HUGE lockin! Roger's right!

But we've seen companies who thought they had a lock on markets before. Google itself tore apart one of those (AltaVista, back in 1998 had majority of search share).

I'm old enough now to have seen several movements happen. BBS's to Prodigy. Prodigy to AOL and Compuserve. AOL and Compuserve to Usenet. Usenet to the Web. The Web to Facebook. Etc etc etc. There WILL be another movement. History teaches us there will be. Humans get bored with what they are doing online and get pulled to new experiences.

That's why Facebook and Twitter should be freaked out right now. Is Google+ THE ONE?

Well, all I know is it is a doubling penny and it's only on day 31 right now. Facebook's doubling penny has stopped doubling so quickly. Will Google+ keep doubling? That's a huge question, given we haven't yet seen all sorts of new features that are coming soon, especially search (er, noise control and amplification of signal).

I could go on, but I think Roger is missing the point. Facebook and Twitter today seem boring. Heck, my blog seems boring.

It's not over yet, Roger. You might be proven right, but it's too early to say the game is over.

As for everyone else, it's amazing that nearly 100,000 of you are following here in just a month. When I joined Rackspace 2.5 years ago I had 95,000 followers on Twitter and it took me 2.5 years to add 100,000 followers on that system, despite putting many thousands of hours into that system. To see 100,000 show up in a month is just amazing, thank you for joining me on my wild ride through the tech industry!
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We are in the middle of our quarterly earnings call right now. Here are the remarks I just gave. One key stat: Over 10M Google+ users!

Good afternoon everyone--thanks for joining us today

It’s exciting to be on the call today and to share directly with you the progress we have made in my first quarter as CEO

As you will have seen from our press release we had a great quarter--with revenue up by 32 per cent year on year and a new record for quarterly revenue at over $9 billion!

We have substantially increased our velocity and execution this quarter--a key goal of mine since taking over as CEO

It’s why I created a new, product focused management structure--with a clear leader responsible for each product area

This new management team is working together fabulously … and has already achieved a lot in just three months

First we launched Google+ to field trial invitation only

Our goal with Google+ is to make sharing on the web like sharing in real life, as well as to improve the overall Google experience
Circles let you choose with precision who you are sharing with. Not surprisingly this has been very well received, because in real life, we share different things with different people.
Hangouts allow for serendipitous interactions. Like in real life when you run into a few friends. It gives you seamless and fun multi user video and it’s really amazing!

Last quarter, we launched the +1 button in search results and ads--enabling users to recommend stuff they liked, and have those recommendations show up in the search results of people they know

This quarter, we released +1 buttons to the entire web, and many sites like Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Best Buy have added +1 buttons

Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system
Users have to be invited, sign up with a profile in order to use it

However, the growth on Google+ has been great--and I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today
Over 10M people have joined Google+
Great achievement for the team

There’s also a ton of activity
We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day

Our +1 button is already all over the web
It’s being served 2.3 billion times a day

So while we have a lot of work still to do, we are really excited about our progress with Google+

Google+ is also a great example of another focus of mine--beautiful products that are simple and intuitive to use and was actually was one of the first products to contain our new visual redesign.

We also launched that beautiful, consistent and simpler design on our home page, Gmail and calendar with many more products soon to come.

Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter--more wood behind fewer arrows

Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter

We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines

While much of that work has not yet become visible externally, I am very happy with our progress here

Focus and prioritization are crucial given our amazing opportunities

Indeed I see more opportunities for Google today than ever before

Because believe it or not we are still in the very early stages of what we want to do

Even in search … which we’ve been working on for 12 years there have never been more important changes to make
For example this quarter we launched a pilot that shows an author’s name and picture in the search results, making it easier for users to find things from authors they trust.

Of course when we started doing search, people thought we were crazy--they said there was no money to be made in search over and above a bit of banner advertising

Most new internet businesses have had the same criticism

Fast forward to today--it feels like we are watching the same movie again in slow motion

We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy”
We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!
That’s a HUGE number even by Google’s standards
It’s the fastest growing browser
With over 160 million users

People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?

And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation

But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search
And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time

Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term

I think about our products in three separate categories

First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call

Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success--YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success

Then we have our new products--Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption

Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been--and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future

I would like to finish on our people

Great companies are no greater than the efforts and ingenuity of their people

So continuing to hire the best, keeping them happy and well rewarded is crucial to our future

Many of you will be interested in hiring--whether we hired a few hundred more or less than you expected this quarter. But we will optimize headcount for the long term and the opportunities we see

So I’m happy with the investments we’ve made in people, though we’re probably even a little ahead of where we need to be with headcount growth at the edge of what is manageable now

It is easy to focus on things we do that are speculative (e.g., driverless cars) but we spend the vast majority of our resources on the core products. We may have a few small speculative projects happening at any given time, but we’re very careful stewards of shareholder money -- we’re not betting the farm on this stuff.

All of us at Google want to create services that people across the world use twice a day … just like a toothbrush!

And we strive to make those services beautiful, simple and easy to use

That way we can provide huge benefit to the world

We have made a good start but we are at only 1 per cent of what’s possible … Google is just getting started … and that is why I am here--working hard to lead this company to the next level
Thank You. And again, we had a great quarter.
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The Eight Pillars of Innovation

Susan Wojcicki, Google employee #16 on some of the biggest lessons she learned during many years at Google.
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Guy Kawasaki originally shared:
I've finally figured this out:

- Google+ is to Twitter what Macintosh is to Windows
- Google Buzz is to Google+ what Lisa is to Macintosh


- Google+ is to Facebook what Verizon 4G is to AT&T 3G
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