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Google’s fledgling social network might have finally hit its stride.

Despite some growing pains, the Google+ social network is adding 625,000 users a day, according to unoffocial Google+ statistician (and well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur) Paul Allen.

“It may be the holidays, the TV commercials, the Android 4 signups, celebrity and brand appeal, or positive word of mouth, or a combination of all these factors, but there is no question that the number of new users signing up for Google+ each day has accelerated markedly in the past several weeks,” Allen wrote in a post on Google+. “If this rate of new signups (625k daily) continues then Google+ will reach 100 million users on Feb. 25th and 200 million users on August 3. They will finish 2012 with 293 million users.”

This is a much different story than the reports late this summer that the social networks growth has slowed. On the contrary, wrote Allen, who provided the following breakdown of how many users the network has collected since July.

July 13 - 10 million
August 1 - 20.5 million
September 1 - 24.7 million
October 1 - 38 million (Larry Page announced "more than 40m users" on Oct 13th)
November 1 - 43 million
December 1 - 50 million
December 27 - 62 million
January 1 - 65.8 million (forecast)
February 1 - 85.2 million (forecast)

While it is still too early to tell is Google+ will be the next Facebook--which has more than 800 million active users--Allens claims are some that Mark Zuckerberg cannot ignore.

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