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Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

March 31, 2014
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google plus view count Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

Google+ update will offer some interesting surprises

In a simple update, today, Google+ has added to user profiles the total number of times a user’s profile has been viewed by others since October 2012, but does not constitute the total of all views of a user’s posts, photos, and profile combined, rather just their profile. It would be more useful to see the number of times a specific post has been viewed, and that could very well be the next rollout by Google+.

This will likely trigger a barrage of “check out my profile” links on blogs and other social networks to pump up view counts, and the gamification will begin, but we’ve found that most people are completely unaware of the new feature on their profile.

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For Google, this means more traffic as people pimp their profile to the world, and for users, this means an interesting layer of transparency.



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Users that have committed little time to the social platform typically have very few views in the hundreds, while others who have made G+ their primary social network have hundreds of thousands of views. In my own profile (which I was nervous to look at since I’ve only devoted time posting to it daily for the last quarter), I was surprised to see nearly 173,000 views, despite spending little time there, but remember – it is a count that dates back to October 2012, which technically rewards early adopters (like me) or famous people with curious fans.

How to hide your view counts

If you have so few views that it hurts your ego, you can turn the feature off, don’t worry. We encourage you to leave it on so as not to appear to be hiding something, but if it is just too much to handle, just go to plus.google.com/settings while logged in, and scroll down a bit until you see this, and uncheck the box:

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How do you stack up?

It’s human nature to wonder if your number sucks or not. While it doesn’t matter because it’s a pretty irrelevant statistic, here is a handful of profiles ranging from the inactive user with a few hundred views to the heavily invested individual with over 1 million views:

patrick healy Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

blake zimmerman Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

brian boero Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

victor lund Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

danny brown Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

mine Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

nicole nicolay Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

darin persinger Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

chris chilek Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

rebekah radice Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

terry grier Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

geoff livingston Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

shelly kramer Google+ adds view counts to profiles: how you stack up, how to make it stop

AGBeat Chief Operating Officer: Lani, named 100 Most Influential, as well as 12 Most Influential Women in Blogging, Bashh Founder, Out and about in Austin A Lister, is a business and tech writer and startup consultant hailing from the great state of Texas in the city of Austin. As a digital native, Lani is immersed not only in advanced technologies and new media, but is also a stats nerd often buried in piles of reports. Lani is a proven leader, thoughtful speaker, and vested partner at AGBeat.



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  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    It’d be nice if platforms stopped encouraging people to get so focused on numbers, and just got back to, oh, you know, people connections?

  • http://www.phacient.com/ Patrick Healy

    Thanks for the mention Lani. I’m humbled to be in such good company. I don’t play too much into the stat either and to be honest I had no idea how many times that profile had been viewed. One thing I’ve always find interesting is how many times people view a cover photo. I guess Google is taking that to the next level.

    I am bullish on Google+ for a number of reasons and I’m happy more people are recognizing it’s potential as a real platform based on interest and discovery vs firehosing users with ads. :-)

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