Google Plus seems to be exhausting its novelty value, and is apparently experiencing a sharp fall. It's still in beta though, and not quite complete (as the article says, business users are underserved), but Facebook hasn't been sitting still as indicated by their recent addition of features inspired by Google+. This may still be a very uphill battle for Google.
Meanwhile, StumbleUpon is actually gaining ground it seems! It shouldn't be forgotten as a potential traffic source, especially considering it is all about link sharing. I believe sites in StumbleUpon also get seen more depending on how many users upvote the site, and they do so only if they find it really valuable. This might mean that the StumbleUpon traffic might be directly proportional to the quality and value of the site.
How's your G+ and SU traffic?
I think google+ will not grow all that much.
They now place all reliance on getting the REAL names of users.
As google said, REAL NAMES are what advertisers want!
So they want your real name so that THEY can make money off it.
For google, it is all about controlling your online presence and making money from that presence.
I for one, will bypass google+ because I am not going to give them my REAL name, address, phone number, etc.
bogart (5 September, 2011)
dmi (5 September, 2011)
I haven't been impressed with google plus at all. I don't mind the badges on my site but the social networking site is a bust IMO.
I've always loved stumbleupon and the traffic it's brought
I think there's some truth to what some say about social networks, that they are increasingly becoming a way people find content too. Instead of putting in specific search terms personalization and categorization allow people to get to what they want. If this trend continues Google might be relegated to a niche of long-tail search, but not much more.
StumbleUpon traffic converts very poorly.
+1 sucks. Just like Buzz. And just like Plus.
Both of these services don't provide high quality entertainment value to the web surfer. Facebook in my opinion doesn't serve the old school web surfer and the Google ranking system has crowded out a lot of websites. The Mayday update introduced a phrase-based indexing approach and changes to the ranking algorithm for long tails. Many of the long tail searches don't provide many new sites. I think that's where Stumpleupon is picking up an audience.
hmm. It seems that Facebook will run for long time perhaps. Haven't get into Google+ since it started although it somehow helps your popularity ranking rise (just noticed with sites in higher rankings, they also have higher Google+ votes). As for Stumbleupon, i think it remains its popularity, nothing has change.
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