Google+: Users Start Hiding Follower Info, How Google+ is Built?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg until was the most followed person on Google+, but that's over now.Zuckerberg along with Google CEO Larry Page who was the second most followed and other Google execs disappeared from the top rankings. No, it's not due to their popularity gone down or something else, but it is "By choice," they've […]

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg until was the most followed person on Google+, but that's over now.

Zuckerberg along with Google CEO Larry Page who was the second most followed and other Google execs disappeared from the top rankings. No, it's not due to their popularity gone down or something else, but it is "By choice," they've all gone stealth on follower counts.

Google+ allows you to show the number of people you follow in one or more of your "circles" to the world, if you chose. You can also show the number of people how follow you. By hiding follower counts, these users knowingly disappeared from the list, but gained privacy as their follower information is no longer visible. An argument is also made about it now being "cool" not to show your count.

Other Google+ related tid-bits of July 13:

Googler Shares How Google+ Is Built:

Smarr said "I helped design and build a lot of the circles model and sharing UI for Google+. I was recruited to Google to work on "getting social right" in early 2010. Prior to that, I was CTO of Plaxo, and also its first employee (since March 2002). I've also spent many years working on open standards for the social web (OpenID, OAuth, Portable Contacts, WebFinger, etc.) Since I work for a big/public company (albeit a pretty cool one), I can't provide specific stats, dates for future features, or details of confidential code/algorithms. But I will do my best to be "refreshingly frank" about everything else."

What software technology stack does Google+ use?

Our stack is pretty standard fare for Google apps these days: we use Java servlets for our server code and JavaScript for the browser-side of the UI, largely built with the (open-source) Closure framework, including Closure's JavaScript compiler and template system. A couple nifty tricks we do: we use the HTML5 History API to maintain pretty-looking URLs even though it's an AJAX app (falling back on hash-fragments for older browsers); and we often render our Closure templates server-side so the page renders before any JavaScript is loaded, then the JavaScript finds the right DOM nodes and hooks up event handlers, etc. to make it responsive (as a result, if you're on a slow connection and you click on stuff really fast, you may notice a lag before it does anything, but luckily most people don't run into this in practice). Our backends are built mostly on top of BigTable and Colossus/GFS, and we use a lot of other common Google technologies such as MapReduce (again, like many other Google apps do). Continue here.

Another post "Google+ Is Built Using Tools You Can Use Too" breaks down the technology behind Google+. In the article many tips are given for mimicking the development environment for Google+, and is a great look at exactly what it takes to run the various elements of +.

Google+ How-To's & Fun

From re-marketing to targeted circles, Glenn Gabe looks at how Google+ could monetize their new social service.

A Handy Google+ Cheat Sheet was created by Simon Laustsen -- contains formatting help, uploading tips, keyboard shortcuts and general information for the new Google+ user. This was also translated into 12 languages for all you international Google+'ers.

Here's the English-version:

The Complete Video Guide to Google+ is an impressive list of videos from Social Times. Videos include general overviews to tutorials on specific elements.

Here're the video:

Rocketboom: Google +:

Rocketboom just released a video of their take on Google+. In the video they talk a bit about how Google+ came to be, as well as how the site is laid out and the implications that a Google+ success could have on Twitter and Facebook.

NMA: Google plus one takes on Facebook:

NMA World Edition released a funny animated explanation of Google+. They focus on all of Google's failed past attempts at social networking--Google Buzz and Google Wave. Will this new attempt be different?

The Google+ project: A quick look:

And now we move on to the Google+ videos that Google put out. The first offers a nice overview of the service. The subsequent videos will focus in on all the different features of Google+, including circles, hangouts, huddle, sparks, instant upload and mobile.

The Google+ Circles:

Circles are the heart of Google+. ‘Circles' let you sort the people you are following into different categories so that you can share content only with specific circles. You may want to share things with friends that you wouldn't want your family or co-workers to see. This is where circles comes in.

The Google+ Hangouts:

The following video explores Hangouts in Google+. Hangouts let you "hang out" face-to-face with up to ten friends in real-time via video chat.

The Google+ Huddle:

Huddle is a mobile feature that lets you stay in touch with groups of people while on the go. Huddle lets you text between groups of people or individual friends in Google+ Mobile. Check out the video below and click here to learn more.

The Google+ Sparks:

Sparks is a feature that shows you articles, blog posts and videos about the things you are interested in. This content can help you spark a conversation with fellow Google+ users. You can customize your Sparks by clicking on the ‘Sparks' menu item on the left side of your Google Plus homepage.

The Google+ Instant Upload:

Click on the Photos icon and then click on ‘Photos from your phone' to enable Instant Upload in Google+. Instant upload uploads photos and videos from your Android device instantly to a private album. You can then chose whether or not you'd like to share them. Instant Upload is a great way to capture and share memories, without any effort on your part.

The Google+ project: Explore Mobile:

Google+ is available on your mobile phone as well. Via an Android app or mobile web app, you can access Google+ functionality while you're on the go. A Google+ iPhone app is coming soon.

The Google+ project: Explore Settings:

How to use Hangouts in a Business Setting, a post from Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management at Google, with great conversation in the comments. Many great suggestions are presented including screen sharing, realtime Docs integration and an increased number of users in a hangout.

If Google+ Was a Club is a funny cartoon that depicts one new users experience on Google+.

[Via: SEL]