Jeff Sexton

Monday, February 22, 2016

Google, Google+, and The Numbers

When Google featured my Watch Projects collection, it had about 30-31k followers. This is because I created it with the auto-follow option and at the time that is how many people had me circled. Of course an awful lot of those accounts are fake or inactive, or both, obviously. Also a thousand or so had followed it without circling me, as I recall, at that time. The number in the collection was a bit higher than then number Google says have me in circles.

Since Google featured the Collection, it gains 200-300 followers a day. It's over 70k last time I checked.

A few days ago, as I sometimes do, I posted to the collection a mention of the Vintage Watch community. The community has similar content, in a different form, and it is of course a good place for folks to post about their own watches or ask questions. You would think some of the 70k follower of the collection, or at least some of the 40k that have come along in the past few months, would be interested in the community too, right? The population of the community has hardly changed in a long time, so it should be noticeable.

In 48 hours the Community had gained 3 (three) new members.

I don't trust Google's numbers, at all. There's something really fishy about the whole thing.

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