It seems that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and creator, has suddenly gone coy on Google plus, which is Google’s latest social network and challenge to Facebook. Recently, Zuckerberg, who is of course the founder of the current number one social networking site, hit headlines for being the most followed person on Google Plus.
Due to recent reports, Zuckerberg has now changed his privacy settings so that they will no longer display how many people are following him or how many people he has placed in Circles on the new social networking site. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Circles are the groups of friends on Google Plus.
It is also interesting that other high-profile corporate honchos have chosen to go private now on Google plus. For example, Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, reportedly have also hit the privacy button, not allowing people to see how many people are following them.
The trio have since then fallen off of a ranking of the most 100 popular people on Google Plus, naturally. This unofficial top 100 users list is compiled by an Amsterdam-based team of programmers on a site called Google Plus statistics. This is also the same group that tracks user popularity on Twitter through their Twitter counter.
It will be interesting to see how this affects other high-profile people’s choices to stay public or go private on Google Plus. At this early of a stage, it is unclear if many celebrities are going to take to Google Plus the way they have seemingly taken to Twitter.
Many Google plus users are now opting to keep their information private, though, so this could just be a growing trend on Google Plus. The social network is so new that no one really knows at this point.