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Google+ adds members, photo-sharing app

Published on Dec 7, 2012 6:17 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google said on Thursday its online social network had grown to 135 million active users, as it added a photo-sharing app to compete against services like Facebook's Instagram.

"Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever," said Google senior vice-president Vic Gundotra in a blog post.

He added that "135 million (users) are active in just the stream," and that more than 500 million have upgraded their Google accounts to potentially participate in the social network, which aims to rival Facebook.

"This enthusiasm, we think, stems from our building tools that build real relationships - in a live hangout, around a breathtaking photo, or with an inner circle of friends," Mr Gundotra said.

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