This week, because of lack of time, we organize an open hour for the China Weekly Hangout, focusing on the progress (or lack thereof) of Google+ in China. Earlier this week I checked the statistics at CircleCount and discovered the usage has increased, from 0.9% to 3.6% of China’s internet population.
That is still pretty low, compared to the over 50% score of India, but it looks like some people are become a bit more active.
A short summary of Google+’s problems in China: Google as a service is doing poorly (and seems to be dropping) in China, Google+ is blocked and Google+ seems to work best in English (while Chinese still prefer Chinese )
And while I have been blackmailing quite a number of people into joining the China Weekly Hangout, I see not yet a lot of activity taking place, despite the encouraging figures from CircleCount.
So the question of Thursday is: how are you using Google+? How can you encourage others to become more active? Is there anything you are missing? No plans to make a recording yet about this session, mostly an experiment to see of anybody shows up. You can register here, or just show up on Thursday 10pm Beijing Time, 3pm CET (Europe) and 9am EST (US/Canada). You can of course also plus this message.
Update: For those who wondered what happened: we had a short hangout, but only 何西海 from Shanghai showed up. Decided not to broadcast and have to wait till more people in China get the hang of it.