Are You "Using" Google+?

Are You "Using" Google+?Yesterday, Google+ launched a significant redesign, and in that post, high-up Googler Vic Gundotra wrote that "More than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+, enjoying new ways to share in Search, Gmail, YouTube and lots of other places." Sounds like a lot of people are using G+, right? Well, not quite.

As CNET's Rafe Needleman points out, Google has an unusual way of counting someone as a G+ user: Essentially, if you've ever signed into G+ and continue to use Google products, whether or not you ever used G+ again, you're an "upgraded user". So as inflated as those G+ appear (and however disingenuous or just plain Orwellian Google's methods of discussing G+ users may seem), we're curious:


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