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Zuckerberg is shamed into reappearing on Google+

Accusations of hypocrisy lead to a more open approach from the Facebook chief
Thu Jul 14 2011, 12:17

AFTER THE INQUIRER EXPOSED the privacy shredding Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a hypocrite for closing off access to his Google+ account, the Facebook founder has changed his settings and is back in public view.

Yesterday The INQUIRER broke the news that Zuckerberg had changed the settings on his Google+ account, so that the general public could no longer see how many followers he had. This meant that the Facebook king dropped out of the Social Statistics rankings completely, even though he had been in the number one slot previously.

However, Zuckerberg has overnight reopened access to his Google+ account and is back at the top of the rankings. We can only assume he read our story, making the point that the chief collector of user data didn't like it when the tables were turned, and was shamed into changing his privacy settings.

Earlier today, Social Statistics posted an update about the change that said, "Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg, along with several Google employees, closed off his profile so their numbers weren't visible anymore. Looks like today they reversed that setting. This completely reshuffles the top 100, again."

Still, Zuckerberg looks like the winner in all this, gaining 50,000 new followers since 12 July, up from 135,000 to 185,000 as of midday 14 July, although he's ditched the 70 friends he had in circles last week. The Google executives who had disappeared from public view have also reappeared. µ


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