at Facebook

Yes, it sounds weird, but we would like to present to you the Facebook fan page of

“Weird” because CircleCount is a portal about Google+ and not about Facebook, but as there is no possibility to create business pages at Google+ in the moment we want to be at least at Facebook.

You can find as at

Feel free to write on our wall or even like us ūüėČ

The mosaic of the Top 100

Today we want to introduce you our mosaic page of the Top 100 at Google+.

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, normally roughly cubic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to create a pattern or picture. (wikipedia)

In our case the small pieces are the profile images of the Top 100 at Google+, means the 100 people at Google+ having the most follower.

Top 100 mosaic (17th July 2011)

The mosaic is showing always the current ranking. In the moment we are not caching anything, so that you get always the most recent data.

You can get the mosaic only for women or men and also for the overall Top 100.

Big changes in the Top 5

Today we have realized some big changes in the Top 10. There are no follower numbers shown anymore for Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They have been the Top 3 followed persons at Google+ until yesterday:

The historical Top 10 of Google+ (07/11/2011) -

The historical Top 10 of Google+ (07/11/2011) -

The public profile of Mark Zuckerberg looks like this in the moment:
Mark Zuckerberg at Google+

In the moment Robert Scoble is the most followed person at Google+ regarding the official shown numbers.

The Top 10 of Google+ (07/13/2011) -

The Top 10 of Google+ (07/13/2011) -

This can have many reasons:
  • all of them have changed their privacy settings, so that these numbers aren’t shown anymore
  • Google+ changed the public profile page, so that we can’t see the follower numbers anymore
  • there is a bug in the public profile pages
What do you think? What’s the reason? – The new follower portal for Google+

In the end it was just a matter of time that Google would start an own online community as competition to Facebook. Then Google did it a few days ago with their Community called “Google+” and the feature “Circles”, which intelligently and transparently manages friends and profiles in an easy to navigate way. By using the “Circles” you are able to partition profiles for example your friends or profiles you just want to keep up with. At the moment Google+ is more clearly arranged with their visual circles and their rights management than Facebook, although Facebook makes a similar way of rights management possible by using the profile preferences, but it is not as well structured.

Google+ is in BETA at the moment. The community can be used with all features, but it is limited to a small number of users. Google did not start any big marketing campaign with their launch of Google+ Circles. That might show that Google wanted to wait how well their concept is going to be accepted. In this stage you get user feedback, so you can enhance or completely eliminate certain features. This is a standardized business procedure, if you launch new products and you want to find out if you did a good job in terms of technology and targeting your interest group. If both works out well, then chances are high that you will make money with it.

In this stage, without Google advertising Google+, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten used the publicly available information of Google+ and build a ranking of the most clicked persons. So known or unknown persons other people observe in their “Cirlces”. In the end, it turned out that number one of this high score list with 47.000 Google+ users observing him in their “Circles” is Mark Zuckerberg. So the founder of Facebook and competitor of Google is the most followed person on Google+.

A small sensation that Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten revealed on his website

Something interesting, which made Google+ Cirlces internationally known, is a New York Times¬†article¬†from July 5 2011. Mainly due to the fact that Mark Zuckerberg was ranked number one. That is a nice effect we can observe here, how to advertise a product without investing a whole lot of money. Mark Zuckerberg has 77.807 “followers” by now and 69 “following” (profiles he follows in his circles).

We did neither know Boris nor his Website, but we made something out of the same idea:
This Website provides similar, however more detailed information. We are happy to be up-to-date, although we are such a small team.

Check out: launched!




Circles are not limited to 5,000!

This was not officially communicated from Google+, but a lot of people talking about Google+ were sure that there is a limit of 5,000 people to add in your circles.

Today Joey Judge came up in our ranking of the top following people. Currently he is following 5,195 people. Either Google+ has increased the limit or Joey has found a way to add more than 5,000 people (or there wasn’t a limit).

Joey Judge following more than 5,000 people