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+François Beaufort algorithm

Show Google+ accounts

Show Google+ communities

Show Google- accounts

3,110,859,549 Google+ accounts

0,003,394,145 Google+ communities

0,031,545,297 Google- accounts

0,003,394,145 Google+ communities

0,031,545,297 Google- accounts

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How do we calculate the number of Google+ accounts?

Before November 15, 2012, we use the numbers Google provided publicly. After that date, we began calculating the number on our own. To achieve a tally, we first download the Google+ Sitemap :

http://www.gstatic.com/s2/sitemaps/profiles-sitemap.xml

This file itself does not contain any profile data, but it does have links to the 50,000 sub-sitemap files that do. For each of these sub-sitemap files, we download, parse, and count the number of Google+ and Google- profiles links. Tallying the data from all 50,000 files together gives us two numbers: the number of Google+ accounts and the number of Google- accounts. A Google- account is a Google+ account where the G+ feature has been disabled.

We do this once a day.

At certain times however, the Google+ sitemap has been known to be unavailable or

Google+ Communities

Google+ Communities as a feature was launched on December 6, 2012; therefore we assume that the number of communities was 0 on and before this date. We did not begin collecting data on this metric until January 22, 2015 (

API

If you would like to plug our data into another app, please use one of our 3 api endpoints:

http://plus.miernicki.com/plus G+ accounts data

http://plus.miernicki.com/comm G+ community data

http://plus.miernicki.com/minus G- accounts data

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