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Oops, She Did It — Britney Spears Beats Larry Page As Most Popular On Google+
Move Over, Tech Celebs
Until now, the most popular people on Google+ have been technology celebrities, in particular first Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (who never posted to his Google+ account), then Google CEO Larry Page.
In contrast, the most followed people on Facebook and Twitter — more mature social networks — tend to be the same celebrities you find in real life, such as musicians and actors.
Spears Goes To Number One
Currently, Spears has 739,370 followers to her account on Google Plus:
Page has 739,241 followers to his account:
Might I Suggest A Celebrity…
Both Spears and Page are helped by being on the Google+ suggested user list.
For more about that, and how it has influenced those who are popular on Google+ and pushed the service into being more “normal” over time, see our previous story:
Lady Gaga, Eminem Remain Missing
Further, Google+ has yet to see the reigning celebrity at Twitter — Lady Gaga — even arrive.
At Twitter, Lady Gaga is the most followed person according to Twitter Counter, with 16 million followers. At Facebook, according to All Facebook, Lady Gaga is the third most popular real life celebrity on the service, with more than 45 million followers.
On Google Plus, I can’t find any personal page for Lady Gaga that looks real. I do find one brand page that might be real, though with only 1,300 followers, it’s hard to tell.
At Google Plus, if Eminem is there, I can’t tell. Several pages appear for him, but not are very popular nor verified to indicate they are real.
Postscript: More Google+ news today, see Barack Obama Joins Google+