In the midst of all the news on the new social network, Google+, it seems gender has been a trending topic. According to SocialStatistics, a third-party app that analyzes data in social media, over 73% of Google+ users are male. A study conducted last year by Oxygen Media concluded that most Facebook users are women.
Have social media networks found a gender division? As a woman who has been a Google+ user since Beta testing, I find myself liking the new network more than Facebook. This can be largely attributed to the streamlining of all Google products, including GChat and Android DROID phone app integration.
The information gathered for the study was based solely on which users chose to identify their gender, a system that is flawed and useless, should they considered gathering information. The reason behind this is that Google+ has added “Other” as a sexual identity, the other being that most people who have Google+ (now that everyone with a Google account can have one) barely bother to update their bios and information.
However, Google+ is still its crawling phase. On July 4th, it was reported that 23% of users were female. Ten days later? That number jumped up 13%.
Do you think Google+ will continue to see a gender divide? Is there a reason to choose one over the other regardless of your gender?