Google+ is one year old. While the social network has not achieved the critical mass of Facebook or Twitter, Google+ hosts a large and engaged community that includes entrepreneurial giants, tech visionaries and social media super-stars.
Here is a list of people to follow on Google+. Each person has a large circle of followers and is a trendsetter in technology, social media or entrepreneurialism. The list was compiled using Social Statistics. Circle numbers are from August 12, 2012.
Robert Scoble. Robert Scoble is the startup liaison officer at Rackspace. He is behind Building43, a site to bring together leaders in a variety of disciplines and organizations, from entrepreneurs to those responsible for the latest technologies. 2,738,134 have him in circles.
Bradley Horowitz. Bradley Horowitz is vice president of product management for Google+. Previously he led the product teams for Gmail, Google Voice, Google Talk, Orkut, and Google Docs. 1,820,121 have him in circles.
Brit Morin. Brit Morin is an entrepreneur and CEO of Brit + Co., a lifestyle brand that teaches the digital generation creative ways to live a more simple and beautiful life. 1,724,099 have her in circles.
Tim O’Reilly. Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, and a supporter of free software and open source movements. 1,646,465 have him in circles.
Scott Beale. Scott Beale is founder, editor and head curator of Laughing Squid, an online resource for art, culture and technology, and a web hosting company. 1,492,684 have him in circles.
Denise Howell. Denise Howell is a lawyer specializing in technology and IP law. She discusses Internet privacy and law on her Google+ profile. 1,399,582 have her in circles.
Gina Trapani. A writer and open source coder, Gina Trapani is the creator of ThinkUp, an open source social media insights engine the White House uses. She blogs at Smarterware and is the co-host of This Week in Google. 1,169,254 have her in circles.
Jason Calacanis. Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and writer. He is the founder of Mahalo.com, a “human-powered search engine,” and Open Angel Forum, an event that connects early stage startups with angel investors. 737,822 have him in circles.
Marissa Mayer. Marissa Mayer is the president and CEO of Yahoo! Formerly she was a senior executive at Google. 620,220 have her in circles.
Bill Gross. Bill Gross is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Idealab, a place to create, build, and operate companies that challenge the status quo. 577,169 have him in circles.
Chris Brogan. Chris Brogan is president of Human Business Works, which provides business, communications, emerging technology strategy, and advisory services for mid- and larger-sized businesses. 100,468 have him in circles.
Kelly Ellis. Kelly Ellis is a software engineer working on Google+, frequently posting product updates. 91,106 have her in circles.
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