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Gender ratios on G+: How do you see the trend?

More men than women on G+?  That's true, but the trend is in a good direction.
Sarah Kessler’s article on Mashable has the details, along with some good context about gender ratios on other social networks. Social Statistics and Find People on Plus both report that G+ is 68%, down from 87% right after they launched and 74% in mid-July.

Take the statistics with a grain of salt — back in July, Paul Allen made some excellent points about Social Statistics and Find People on Plus’ methodology. With the majority of the conversation on G+ happening in private circles, and so many inactive accounts, it’s hard to get an accurate measurement from the outside. But it’s in line with other estimates, and fairly similar to my own experiences and the feedback I’ve gotten from others. If anything I’d say it underestimates the gender differentials; most comment threads are 75-90% male; 80% of the most-reshared posts get by guys (along with Felicia Day, Victoria Belmont, Britney, and Ashley Tisdale).

In any case I see the trend somewhat differently. Back in July, the most recent credible estimate (by Paul Allen) was 2/3 male and the general response was “yeah G+ is a sausage fest, but it’s still just the geeky early adopters, and the trend is positive!”. Today, the most recent credible estimate is 2/3 male, and the general response is “yeah G+ is a sausage fest but it’s still just the geeky early adopters, and the trend is positive!”. To me, it sure doesn’t seem like a lot has changed in four months.

What do you think — either about the likely gender ratio on G+, or the trend?

 

 

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