Some of Google’s product launches distinctly remind me of this one South Park episode where Eric Cartman boosted visitor numbers at his theme park by artificially barring people from entering. While that's not entirely the case here, an invite-only system decidedly helps pique user interest by inducing a feeling of exclusivity and it seems to have worked quite well for Google in the past with services like Gmail.

Google+ launched on June 29th as private invite-only beta with much fanfare as Google tried to take yet another stab at social networking. Users were impressed with the clean, intuitive UI and features like Circles and Hangouts. Some have even gone as far as to abandon Facebook completely and migrate over.

However all is not rosy as Experian Hitwise reports total visits to the website fell to about 1.79 million in the week ending July 23rd, a 3% drop from the 1.86 million in the previous week. Average time spent on the website also dropped from 5 minutes, 50 seconds to about 5 minutes, 15 seconds. However, the stats don't account for people using the Google+ app, so take these numbers with a pinch of salt.

I’ve personally been using Google+ since launch day, and have found myself spending less time on the website of late. What about you guys? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Mashable

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  • nombrecinq - Friday, July 29, 2011 - link

    What's Google+ ??????
  • justinf79 - Friday, July 29, 2011 - link

    Someone sent me an invite about 2 weeks ago, and I've yet to receive it. So so far I think G+ is the poo. :/
  • AJRobins - Saturday, July 30, 2011 - link

    In addition to the "lack of friends", the stories of kicking people off and deleting their gmail accounts (regardless of whether or not its warranted) aren't exactly helping, either. Google needs as much good press as possible; bad press is likely going to hurt G+ a lot right now.
  • WildW - Saturday, July 30, 2011 - link

    Won't let me join it, so clearly they're still not ready for more users.
  • vision33r - Sunday, July 31, 2011 - link

    Now why would normal people want to switch from Facebook to Google+?

    Facebook is where the hot women are and try moving them to Google+, the main reasons guys stick to FB is to hunt for these hotties.

    The only people on Google+ are the fanboys, kids too cool for FB, and novelty folks who like newness.

    Hey I like newness too but some things I don't care about sticking with such as Starbucks, Windows PC, and Facebook is great for keeping with the family. Why would I leave FB for another thing we need to sign up and setup.

    Google might as well pay people $100 to use and may get traffic for a year or rso.
  • haplo602 - Monday, August 1, 2011 - link

    actualy it's the first and only social network I use. I have 2 friends there and only use it to keep an overview. the only problem is the bad integration with gmail, contacts do not automaticaly transfer to gmail.
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