The search giant's social network is growing in numbers and gaining on Facebook in the New Year.

According to Experian Hitwise, Google+’s total monthly US visits have grown 55% since November. 49 million visits were recorded in December 2011 — the biggest month to date.

But regardless of the actual numbers, Google+ is clearly hitting a growth spurt through the holidays. We’ll have to wait and see if the number of active users lowers as the gleam of their new Android devices wears off. The Next Web

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