Sep 3, 2011 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

On the lines of Twitter, Google+ plans to introduce a Suggested Users List. This was Tweeted by Google+'s Bradley Horowitz. He said, and we quote, “We're about to pilot a 'suggested user'-like mechanism on Google+. If you've got more than 100k followers on Twitter, DM me – lets talk! ”

So, experts all over the world wide web have started speculating, who all will be included in the Suggested Users List. As to what is this list all about, and how is it a big deal, we have discussed in detail below.

What is A Suggested Users List?

Twitter's Suggested User List is the way Twitter aids the new Twitter joiners to find their way to like minded people and connect with them. Joiners are presented with a list of about 20 “suggested”accounts to follow. These people are chosen from a list of hundreds of suggested users. You can see the full list on the 'Find People' tab on the Twitter page.

Those who were chosen for the suggested users list were told that they would get upto 1000 more followers a day.

The Controversy And The Change Twitter Brought

The reason why certain people were chosen for the suggested users list was never clear. However, those who were not chosen did raise objection over the same. With numbers rising up to millions, it was not fair why some people may be considered the driving force on the social network. Giving to the outcry, Twitter then revamped the list last year, and now also allows users to create personalized suggested user lists.

Now, there is a list of Suggestions based on topic. With categorization of suggestions, people at least knew, what sort of people they needed to follow. Also, people could not add all of the suggested users to their accounts at once. This meant that they had to go through each user on the list one at a time to add them.

The result was a dramatic drop in the number of new followers in the suggested users' lists. However, the hue and cry over the fairness of the list toned down a bit.

Why Google+ Is Doing This

Google+ is growing steadily, reached 25 million unique visits too. At present there are fourteen million five hundred thirty-six thousand one hundred twenty-nine (14,536,129) users that have been indexed.

There are Google+ directories on the web, but the social network wants something extra to make the visitor's experience on Google + really smooth.

More and more people all joining the Plus wagon. And Google+ has the challenge of holding on to those curious visitors, by showing them the best they have to offer- which includes a list of interesting people on Google+.

Prior to this, Google+ came out with the 'verification badges' for celebrities, public figures, and people that are added to a large (how is the size calculated is unknown) number of Circles. As a part of Google's celebrity acquisition plan, badges were given to profiles, like a grey colored check mark. On hovering the mouse over it, it expands to- ‘verified name’.

The idea is to help people find and follow more people on Google+.

As Google is quoted on its official YouTube channel, “ We're rolling out profile verification badges for celebrities, public figures, and people who have been added to lots of circles.”

Parting Shot- Google+ Aiming For Content Specific Relevance

As the speculations grew as to how these suggested user lists will be formatted, Bradley Horowitz's Tweet gave an interesting insight. They are working on the basis of content specific relevance. So it seems categories may surface. As of now, it is not clear how Google+ will prepare the list, but calling in Twitter users with 1 million followers indicate a preference of huge numbers in certain categories. Will Facebook users be called up on? We'll have to wait and see.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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