“The profile page of Mark Zuckerberg on Google+, a service created to compete with Facebook.” Source of caption and image: online version of the NYT article quoted and cited below.
(p. B1) Any guesses as to who is the most popular person on Google+, the company’s new social networking service? Ashton Kutcher, perhaps? Or Lady Gaga?
Actually, that title is currently held by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook — the very service that Google+ was meant to challenge.
As of Tuesday evening, Mr. Zuckerberg had nearly 35,000 people following his updates on the service, more than anyone else in a broad survey of Google+ profiles by Social Statistics, an outside service. His fan base exceeds that of Larry Page, one of the founders of Google and its recently appointed chief executive, who had only 24,000 people following him.
Google+ is less than a week old and is still not yet widely available to the public. But access to the service, which lets people share photos, links, status updates and video chats with groups of friends, is already in high demand among early adopters who are eager to play with its (p. B8) features. That includes Mr. Zuckerberg, who apparently signed up to keep tabs on his new adversary.
For the full story, see:
JENNA WORTHAM. “Zuckerberg Finds Fans on Google+.” The New York Times (Weds., July 5, 2011): B1 & B8.
(Note: the online version of the story is dated July 6, 2011.)