Google launched their own social network as a limited beta a week ago and named it Google + and personally, I love it.
One thing Google downplayed with the social network was friend numbers and followers, something really important on Twitter and less important on Facebook.
Google engineer, DeWitt Clinton, talked a bit about how he has seen the growth of Google + and how he is surprised by how fast things have evolved on the network, even within the limited test.
Here is a copy of what he wrote on his Google + Post:
I’m not a big fan of numbers games—they’re a signal, but at best a fungible one, and always highly dependent on external factors—but perhaps worth noting in passing (and then moving on) that by sometime later today I’ll have added more people to circles, and have been added to more circles, on Google+ than I have friends or followers on Buzz, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other network, and we’re not yet a full week into limited field trial. I had expected this to happen eventually, but certainly not so soon.