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Google+ chief dishes at SXSW

At SXSW today, Google+ Senior VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra sought to dispel rumors that the social network is a ghost town.

Google+ is growing quickly, says Vic Gundotra, the engineering chief of Google's social network. In recent weeks, a number of publications have declared the service effectively dead. According to Gundotra, the reason it sometimes appears inactive is because the majority of its content is shared privately.

Not only is the service active it's also one of the fastest growing properties Google has ever released, Gundotra said. According to Gundotra, 50 million individuals use the service daily, and 100 million use it at least once per month.

If numbers like that are accurate, it's difficult to justify claims that the service isn't successful. That would of course be good news for Google--the search giant intends for Google+ to ultimately become a unifying social layer across all its products.