Google+, the Social Network by Google just introduced its Suggested Users list on Saturday. Yes its the same list which you would have seen on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently this list something more different and is based on a slightly new idea.
Bradley Horowitz, one of the minds behind Google+, tweeted that the list based on the no. of Twitter followers you have. According to his tweet, if you have 100K or more followers on Twitter you might be the next face on Google+’s Suggested Users list. The list is not just an imitation of Twitter’s Who to Follow list, where the Popular get more popular and the decent ones get left behind. Although many people are regarding this list creates a racial discrimination between the whites and blacks. Zennie Abraham, a blogger for San Francisco Chronicle says that the list fosters racial sterotypes.
According to a quote on PCWorld, Zennie says
“The Google Suggested User List reads like the typical San Francisco Bay Area tech firm’s view of the World: most of the ‘interesting and famous people’ are white, and if they’re black, they’re male rappers or athletes. Hello, Snoop Dog, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Dwight Howard, and Floyd Mayweather!”
As indecent as this idea sounds. Bradley tells us, that was not the way the list was meant to be categorised. He says the list is built on the theory “Top content Tops the list” i.e. the person who shares genuine and informative content on his profile automatically gains a rank up on the list.
According to an excerpt on the Huffington,
In order to retain a position on the list, a user will need to continue creating compelling content. But we should probably allow for folks to take an occasional vacation without concern about their rank dropping, taking a small trip to a beach house from twiddy rentals, is not like it has to be out of the conuntry […] No one gets on the list “automatically.” But again, in the early days, we do want to make it easy for users to connect with people they might find compelling. If they prove not to be, justice will be served, and all will be right in the world.
If you already have a profile on Google+, creating your own list should be pretty easy. Get Started over here.
How much fuzz this Google+ Suggested Users list will create in the Social Media market is unknown. I for one think that this list will be a big hit as it allows everyone to compete for a rank to top the list.
So what do you think about this list? Drop a comment and let us know! And if you own a face on this list please don’t forget to tell us.