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The male dominance in Google+


After its launch, Google+ attracted a lot of attention. During its first weeks, many people unsuccessfully waited for an invitation that allowed them to join the new social bandwagon, that some analysts pointed as a potential threat to Facebook.

Nevertheless, it seems that most early users from Google+ came from the techie and nerd communities.

You just have to take a look at the top of the list of Google+ users with most followers to reach that conclusion: instead of Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, there we will find Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergei Brin.

This data comes from Google+ Statistics Website, maintained by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter, which also brings some interesting information on the male/female ratio of Google+ users: men account for 88% of the user base, against only 10% of women (and 2% of “other”). That’s a HUGE difference, indeed.


The Real Life Social Network

This is a very nice presentation by Paul Adams, a Senior User Experience Researcher from Google, author of the book Social Circles.

In the presentation, he talks about how current social network sites (e.g., Facebook) are still far away from representing people’s  “real life networks”, and how the gap between those “real life social networks” and the “virtual social networks” can be bridged.