Google’s social media, Google+ is five today. How exciting! This social network was created on the 28th of June 2011 and it has been competing with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and the rest. Features include the ability to post photos and status updates to the stream or interest based communities, group different types of relationships into Circles, a multi-person instant messaging, text and video chat called Hangouts, events, location tagging and more.

A lot of people thought the network won’t last but Google+ is still here; although usage statistics have varied. Google first defined the service as a social network, then later as “a social layer across all of Google’s services.

On November 18, 2015, Google unveiled a significant redesign of Google+; the new interface places a larger focus on the Communities and Collections functionality in an effort to narrow the service’s scope into interest-based networking.

In 2011 Google+ reached 10 million users just two weeks after the launch. In a month, it reached 25 million. In October 2011, the service reached 40 million users, according to Larry Page. At the end of that year, it had 90 million users.according to wikipedia, Google+ user base was roughly 60% male and 25% female as of November 2013, and 15% unknown. Early adopters of Google in mid-2011 were mostly male (71.24%), and the dominant age bracket (35%) was between 25 and 34. An August 2011 survey estimated that 13% of U.S. adults had joined Google+. I’m not sure about the number of users they have today but the future of Google+ still looks bright, at least to me. Cheers, Google+.