|A screen grab of the Google+ logo.|
Google+ entered the Facebook-dominated social networking world in June 2011 and instantly garnered mass interest.
In the three weeks following its announcement, Google+ amassed a user base of more than 10 million people. But with Facebook's popularity and familiarity working against it, it was always going to struggle to gain a foothold in the social networking market.
However, that didn't stop a whole bunch of people from trying its interface and spreading the buzz on the new player in the networking space.
Searches for Google+ peaked in the second week of its launch, and then again on September 20, 2011 with the announcement of open sign-ups from its initial limited Beta trial version.
How much interest did Google+ spark? From July 3 - 17 Google+ and related keywords like Google Plus and Google + had more traffic than the keyword Sports.
Google+ even garnered a lot of media coverage with a few predicting it to topple Facebook's dominance soon. Only time will tell if it lives up to its early hype and competes with its strong competitors.
Google+ stayed at the top of media coverage around the world with celebrity sign-ups and a stream of new features.
The social network became a hit in South Asia, with even people like the Dalai Lama and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan creating accounts.