How Many Google+ Members Are Actually Active?

A study reveals that Google+ user numbers might be lower than previously thought -- but the real value in the network might not have anything to do with public user activity.

Google+ has been a contentious social network since it launched. Whether it was the integration into YouTube comments, users being automatically assigned accounts, or the persistent idea that the network was a ghost town, Google+ has never been free of criticism. A study of a subset of users from Stone Temple Consulting may be able to clear up the confusion around the impact of the network.