Google+ is one month old. So who’s using it? Many of the popular Google+ users are the founders and content-creators from others parts of web — even Facebook.
Here is a list of the popular users on Google+. First are the top 20 users with the most followers. Then there are the users with high follower counts who are significant to social networking development or culture.
Many of these first movers have large followings on other social networking sites. By following the success of these users on Google+, you will follow overall the success or failure of Google+.
Google+ statistics are taken from SocialStatistics.com on August 4, 2011.
20 Most Popular Google+ Users
Sergey Brin. Co-founder of Google. Ranked 3 with 167,355 followers.
Vic Gundotra. Senior vice president of engineering at Google. Ranked 5 with 107,476 followers.
Felicia Day. A professional actress known for online content — Joss Whedon’s epic internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “The Guild”. She has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter. Ranked 9 with 102,799 followers.
Ray William Johnson. A comedian best known for his YouTube videos. As of August 2011, his channel is the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, with over 4.3 million subscribers and over 1.1 billion video views. Ranked 10 with 99,402 followers.
Matt Cutts. Google software engineer and head of webspam team. Ranked 12 with 78,741 followers.
Marissa Mayer. Google vice president of local, maps and location services. Ranked 13 with 68,662 followers.
Gina Trapani. A writer and open source coder, Gina Trapani leads development on 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. Ranked 15 with 62,743 followers.
Bradley Horowitz. Bradley Horowitz oversees Google’s communications products and social applications including Google Talk, GrandCentral, Blogger and Picasa. Ranked 16 with 60,035 followers.
Jeff Jarvis. Creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Jarvis is a writer for the Guardian, the Sunday editor and associate publisher of the NY Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner. He blogs at BuzzMachine.com. Ranked 19 with 46,814 followers.
Additional Popular Google+ Users
Seth Godin. A popular author and founder of Squidoo.com, a Web-publishing platform. 43,831 followers.
Sarah Lane. A producer, writer, and host for TWiT Netcast Network’s
“Tech News Today,” “The Social Hour,” and “iPad Today.” 41,872 followers.
Guy Kawasaki. Co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular web topics, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously he was the chief evangelist of Apple. 41,101 followers.
Kelly Ellis. Engineer working on Google+ streams. 39,557 followers.
Mark Cuban. Entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, and Magnolia Pictures. 39,032 followers.
Ashton Kutcher. An actor and producer, Ashton Kutcher was the first user of Twitter to have more than 1,000,000 followers. 37,761 followers.
Chris Brogan. President of Human Business Works, which provides tools for small businesses. Its flagship community, Kitchen Table Companies, provides small business advice. Brogan has recently launched The Owner’s Mind, a site for web entrepreneurs. 35,048 followers.
Ben Parr. Editor of Mashable. 29,078 followers.
Danah Boyd. A researcher at Microsoft Research and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Danah Boyd investigates everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement. She blogs at Zephoria.org. 20,443 followers.
Jennifer Van Grove. A Mashable reporter and self-proclaimed Web geek. 19,931 followers.
Dane Cook. A comedian and actor, Dane Cook was one of the first comedians to use a personal web page and MySpace to build a large fan base. 19,865 followers.
Joichi Ito. Director of the MIT Media Lab and co-founder of Digital Garage. 18,114 followers.
Dave McClure. Venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an Internet startup seed fund. He blogs about his experience at Master of 500 Hats. 16,932 followers.
Erick Schonfeld. Co-editor at TechCrunch. 16,886 followers.
Britney Spears. The official Google+ profile for Britney Spears. 15,094 followers.
Arianna Huffington. President and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group. 15,014 followers.