more reasonable and rational view in an earlier column..
Now I am reading a few articles like this one reporting on the poor take-up of special new invitations all of us early participants were recently granted. Google posted a custom link which entitles all current subscribers (including me) to offer up to up to 150 of our friends and neighbors an invitation to join. So, I decided to run my own test and see how many people take advantage of my stash. Here is my button:
You Can Join Google Plus by Clicking Here
Let's assume 20% of the 25 million will take the time to extend their 150 invitations to their network. Typically you would see a 2% to 3% response. Based on these assumptions the program would add about 22 million new subscribers. Do the math. Once those invitations are exercised this model suggests the number of subscribers would nearly double.
New growth will come, of course, when Google Plus allows business participation, promised to be here soon. But to attract more individuals Google will have to more broadly publicize the availability of new invites, or decide the time is right to simply open the floodgates and allow anyone who wants to join to sign up ... using their real name, of course.
Will any of my loyal readers click on the link above? I'll report back on the numbers in a few weeks.
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