Since Google launched its social media platform Google+, the service has seen steady growth across the African continent. So much so that according to data from PlusDemophraphics.com, as many as 466,828 people from South Africa make use of the service.
But the service is far behind social media giant Facebook, which boasts a user count of 800-million, while Google+ only has 90 million users worldwide. South African statistics point to about five million Facebook users across the country, which is less than 10% of the population.
PlusDemophraphics.com has been monitoring the site since its inception, and views itself as a knowledgeable source on the matter. “We’ve been monitoring Google+ since it launched, and our extensive knowledge and experience has made us somewhat of an unofficial authority,” it states.
According to MyBroadband, “From the Google+ users in South Africa, 36.32% are Married; 31.92% are Single; 42.42% are looking for networking; and 39.40% are looking for Friends. Approximately 71% of users are male, while the majority of users in SA – at 37.3% – are aged 25-34, followed by 18-24 year olds comprising 35.8%.”
Charlie Fripp – Online editor