Oct 24, 2011 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Did you know that Google+ was facing a Mark Zuckerberg problem? Yes, the founder of Facebook was the most followed person on its arch rival's social platform- Google+.

Ever since Google+ was launched, in its testing phase, and till a few weeks that it became public, Mark Zuckerberg was the most followed celebrity on Google+. Bear in mind that he never made a single post on Google+, but was still the most followed. A huge irony, if there was ever, but it was true! Now, however, the tide has finally turned for Google+, and it has solved this Mark Zurckerberg issue.

Larry Ousts Mark

Suggested User Lists Became The Savior:

It was adding a suggested user list to Google+ that ultimately dealt with the ousting of Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the most popular person on Google+. The number one spot now belongs to Google CEO Larry Page. The Suggested User List was launched in September and what it did was, to push Google+ users to start following public posts from interesting people. This list has a number of celebrities on its page, that users can see and follow. The chronology of the names in the list keeps changing, however, Page is one of the top celebrities featured there. Despite the questions on the list as to who chooses the famous people, and in what order are they placed, the list has become a constant place of reference for the fans, especially those that are new on the social platform.

How Larry Was Promoted On The Suggested Users List?

The fact that rival Facebook's CEO Mark, was the most followed (without being active on the platform), was somewhat awkward for Google+. That is why, when the suggested list came out, Larry was put on the list, followed by Sergey Brin, Pete Cashmore and Vic Gundotra. Then, Google+ was opened to public and new users came to see the suggestions and voila, Larry Page's followings rose and rose!

The irony is, that Mark Zuckerberg was followed since the beginning, even before the suggested user list. This means he became popular by word of mouth. Where as Larry was suggested by Google+, and then consequently came on top. By the way, as of now Mark is not on the suggested users list.

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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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