Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the most-followed user on Google+, adding a bit of irony to the Google and Facebook social networking battle.
Zuckerberg amassed over 21,000 followers since the Google+ launch last week, edging out Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who have 15,000 and 12,000 followers, respectively.
“He has the most friends in the world,” said Boris Veldhuijzen, Google+ Statistics creator. “They made a movie about him, and he is more handsome than the Larry and Sergey.”
There have been at least three “Mark Zuckerberg” profiles already created on Google+, with two being confirmed fakes. The third appears to be the real creator of Facebook, according to technology blogger Robert Scoble, who contacted the billionaire to confirm if the profile was his.
Scoble said Zuckerberg questioned why so many people were surprised he had joined the new social network.
Aside from the popularity of Zuckerberg on Google+, Google is surely pleased with the attention its network has received over the past week. Google+ is based around familiar social networking tools like profiles, status updates and photo sharing. But the service differentiates itself from sites like Facebook by offering Circles, which allow users to share information with a select group of people, rather than with large friends lists.
So many people accessed Google+ that the company blocked any more people from joining. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company plans to alternately open and close Google+ invitations throughout the beta testing phase. The company said it is refining the service with user feedback and fixing issues before it launches the site to the public.
It isn’t all roses for Google+. Less than 24 hours after the site opened, it had its first privacy problem. People discovered they could inadvertently spread private information about others throughout the web with the “reshare” feature.
If someone reshares of photo posted by a friend, strangers can gain access to it. Users can prevent the glitch by disabling the reshare option in a drop-down menu, but first-time users may not know this option exists.
Google is betting on its latest social network to take off and stand tall outside Facebook’s long shadow. Last month, Google chairman Eric Schmidt admitted the company was not quick enough to jump aboard the social networking train, saying that the company “screwed up.”
According to Schmidt, Google tried to partner with Facebook in the network’s early days, but Facebook ultimately chose Microsoft.
However, Facebook still has some tricks up its sleeve. The social networking giant is set to roll out a new feature this week, according to Zuckerberg himself.
Mark Zuckerberg is currently the most popular person on the new social network. Google hopes to separate itself from Facebook, yet its CEO has more friends on its rival network than Google’s own founders — how is that for irony?