According to the Google+ statistics counter, Mark Zuckerberg has the most followers of any user on Google+ with 34759 followers. This Facebook CEO and creator surpasses Google CEO, Larry Page, who has 23633 followers as well as Vic Gundotra, Google social czar, who has 13,783 followers. Other top followed users include Sergey Brin, Google co-founder; Robert Scoble, blogger; Matt Cutts, Google spam avenger; Leo Laporte, TWIT founder; Bradley Horowitz, also of Google; MG Siegler from TechCrunch, and Gina Trapani, blogger.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Google+ statistics creator, explained Zuckerberg’s popularity by telling readers, “He has the most friends in the world, they made a movie about him, and he is more handsome than the Larry and Sergey.” Others speculate that Zuckerberg has so many followers because he has gotten so much media coverage surrounding Google+.
When Zuckerberg first joined Google+, it was talked about all over the internet. At first, users were not sure if the Mark Zuckerberg profile was real or if it was a fake. Other users were surprised the Facebook CEO and creator would join Google+, which could potentially become Facebook’s biggest rival assuming it is more successful than Google’s previous attempt to break into social networking with Google Buzz.
Eventually, it was revealed that the Zuckerberg profile indeed was not fake, and many users were surprised he was on there. He, however, did not think it was a big deal, especially as he was following in the footsteps of other internet phenomenon founders like Myspace Tom, who showed us that it wasn’t a big deal to participate in rival websites.
Clearly with all of the followers Zuckerberg has gained on Google+, Google+ users are quite interested to see how Google+ stacks up against Facebook. What do you think?