Google Plus reaches 40 million users

Google’s new social networking platform, Google+, now has 40 million users, according to the company’s Q4 results, released today.

The company opened Google+ to the public on 20th September, offering the latest challenge to Facebook.

Over 3.4 billion photos have already been uploaded to the social network since its launch.

Chief executive Larry Page said: “People are flocking to Google+ at an incredible rate and we are just getting started.”

Page also revealed that Google’s web browser, Chrome, passed the 200 million mark, alongside Android that has 190 million activated devices in the world.

The web search giant reported a big rise in profits during the third quarter of this year.

Its net income increased by 26% to $2.7bn (£1.7bn), whilst its revenues rose by a third to $9.7bn (£6.2bn).

The figures broke analyst’s predictions that new projects and hiring 2,585 new staff in the last 3 months would affect Google’s income.

Page said: "We are still at the very early stages of what technology can deliver. These tools we use online will look very different in five years time and we are building these tools into Google-plus."

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