POSSIBLE SOCIAL NETWORK FOUNDER Mark Zuckerberg has lost his lofty position as the most popular Google+ user and appears to have dropped out of the rankings altogether.
Zuckerberg was top of the Google+ ratings as late as Tuesday evening, and when we last looked had some 21,213 followers and 39 friends. Today he is nowhere to be seen and has been replaced by Robert Scoble, the man who confirmed to us all that this Zuckerberg was the real Zuckerberg.
"Name drop moment. Zuckerberg just texted me back. Says 'Why are people so surprised that I'd have a Google account?'," said the Scobleizer on his Twitter feed.
Zuckerberg's loss is Scoble's gain ironically, as it is he that now has the most friends, 3,645, and followers, 43,131. Next to him is US technology journalist, Leo Laporte, who has 389 friends and 42,875 followers. Digg founder Kevin Rose is in third place, actress Felicia Day is fourth, and Myspace's Tom, who is apparently enjoying his retirement, is fifth.
Other notable Google+'ers have also dropped out of the main rankings. These include Google staffers Larry Page, who had 14,798 followers and no friends last week, Vic Gundotra, Google SVP of social networking, who was in third place with 13,783, but no friends, and Sergey Brin who was fourth with 11,629 followers, no friends.
The changes were revealed on the Google+ account belonging to the Social Statistics compiler Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten. He explained that some Google+ members could no longer be tracked as they had further closed off their accounts on Tuesday. Interesting that Zuckerberg, the man so happy to gather and share so much of everyone else's data on Facebook, is suddenly so protective over his own.
"Mark Zuckerberg and Google management (Matt Cutts, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Vic Gundotra and Marissa Mayer) all changed their profiles overnight and consequently dropped out of the Google+ top 100 list!", he explained.
"Robert Scoble +Kevin Rose +Leo Laporte you guys are the new top 3 at [Socialstatistics] Zuckerberg and management at Google all gone. Congratulations!". µ