Mark Zuckerberg is the most followed person on google+, launched to challenge facebook
Any guesses as to who is the most popular person on Google+,
the company's new social networking service? Ashton Kutcher, perhaps? Or Lady Gaga?
Actually, that title is currently held by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief
executive of Facebook - the very service that Google+ was meant to challenge.
As of Tuesday evening, Zuckerberg had nearly 35,000 people following his updates
on the service, more than anyone else in a broad survey of Google+ profiles by Social
Statistics, an outside service. His fan base exceeds that of Larry Page, one of
the founders of Google and it’s recently appointed chief executive, who had only
24,000 people following him.
Google+ is less than a week old and is still not yet widely available to the public.
But access to the service, which lets people share photos, links, status updates
and video chats with groups of friends, is already in high demand among early adopters
who are eager to play with its features. That includes Zuckerberg, who apparently
signed up to keep tabs on his new adversary.
Neither Facebook nor Google confirmed whether Zuckerberg's profile was real. Zuckerberg
has yet to post anything that can be seen by the wider public. His own description
on his profile page says simply, "I make things."
"It makes sense that he wants to check it out," said Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten,
who is one of the founders of the technology blog, The Next Web, and built the Social
Statistics service on a whim. "Everyone wants to keep an eye on the competition."
Zuckerberg's visit to his rival's turf may be an indicator that the social networking
wars are reaching a new pitch.
So far, Google's new social service has generated positive comments from those with
early access. Stephen Shankland, a writer for CNet, said that Circles, a feature
that lets people sort their friends into groups for more private sharing, was "the
biggest improvement, far and away, over Facebook."
Courtesy: DNA India