Google plus dwindling, Buzz going and Diaspora begging for money

One of Forbes’s contributors, Tim Worstall (profile here) , has this story about Google+ and its supposed demise, in which he shows that in fact, Google’s network is still growing. That seems to be th ecase, with Larry Page’s announcement of 40 million users last Thursday. It has yet to be proven how many actually use it. Last week, there were more comments about how an engineer screwed up with the sharing system, than about the actual number of users of the platform though – by the way, the said engineer argued that this was not a platform and that the problem was there. Last but not least, mashable took a stab at Google’s execs about the fact that they weren’t eating their own dog food. Maybe they feel a bit iffy about having to start their Facebook network all over again? Last but not least, all diaspora “users” received an email last week in which the new social media star was begging for money. Off to a bad start it seems. I personally opened my account, understood the principle but saw no added value in it I’m afraid. I know that it is said that Google+ mimicked their interface and not the other way round, but yet … By the way, as Worstall mischievously points out, is this Google plus ou Google+? He may not be a social media guru, but he asks very valid questions (excerpts per below and link to main Forbes article). At any rate the shift towards Google+ is now complete, due to the phasing out of Google Buzz (and that was revealed only a few hours ago).

Chinese Internet industry ready to grow beyond borders

China will be the World’s next Internet giant!
Which Internet company generates the greatest number of micro transactions for virtual goods on a daily basis? If they were asked this question, most of our Western readers would undoubtedly mention Google, or Facebook and they would be wrong. In this piece, I will explain why China is virtually the only country that is able to compete with the United States of America with regard to the growth of its Internet industry.