Google+ Now Has 540 Million Active Users

Are you still wondering if you should source and recruit with Google+?

I admit, I was late to the party. When G+ launched in September of 2011, I worked for a large government contractor that blocked access to Google+ and most other social networks. The only time I was able to spend on the platform was after hours and on weekends. I became familiar with the tool and quickly realized that the early adopter crowd hanging out on Google+ didn’t fit the profile of candidates I was recruiting. I logged in once a month to see what was going on, but I never fully embraced the Google+ community until recently.

Fast-forward 2 years, and Google+ has 540 million users. 300 million of those users are active in the Google+ stream. Vic Gutondra, VP of Engineering at Google, hosted a live Google Plus Hangout ON AIR today in which he summarized the recent momentum and outlined 18 new updates that are being released for Google+ Hangouts and Google+ Photos.

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These updates aren’t anything that will make a big difference in your daily sourcing and recruiting life. However, every new feature attracts new users which will help Google+ continue to grow.

Still debating whether or not you should source and recruit from G+?

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


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