With the remarkable growth of Google+, as a user like me, you must be wondering about the numbers, facts and figures to measure this platform. CircleCount.com is perhaps the right tool to address that need.
Circles being one of the most important feature of Google+ are basically groups where you add people to. You can communicate, collaborate and share information with specific circles. You can have multiple people in multiple circles, and you can filter circles you want or you don’t want. You can add as much as 5,000 people in one circle at a time.
CircleCount counts the circles which you are included in, and marks that number as the number of people who are following your posts at Google+. If your profile isn’t tracked already, you can easily add the URL of your profile from Google+ to CircleCount.com and it will start tracking your Circle Count.
Apart from just counting the number of followers, CircleCount provides a comprehensive statistics on Google+. Such as, Most followed and Most following Profiles, Most followed and Most following Pages, Current and All Time Most Popular Profiles, either Male or Female as well as geographic distributions. These are not the only top users’ stats, you can also see the top users as of certain date.
And of course, if you are getting a popularity bet with your friends, there is also a place to set the comparison.
I’ve had a great chance to talk with the CircleCount team about who they are, how did they do it, and their plans. I’ve found them really motivated and doing some serious work there. Here are a few questions I asked them.
Tell us about your team?
The team of CircleCount is a team of a few friends who like to work on internet projects. We are working officially as everygain, but it’s more having fun than working.
How did you get this all started?
We started CircleCount with the idea to get a history of the follower numbers on Google+. We liked the challenge that there was no API available at the beginning and we tried to check the public profiles. This worked very good and we received a great feedback from a lot of people around the world. Such a feedback was very motivating and we continued adding new features to the CircleCount.
Right now CircleCount is "a bit" more than a follower history, but I think you know this
Do you plan to include Facebook, Twitter or other social platforms to the social measurement of profiles or you are just specific to Google+?
There is no plan for this, only a "vision"
This would be a huge project and since we are working on CircleCount only in our free time and this is not our main job, it could take some time before we make further plans on it.
Are you generating any revenue from CircleCount or you are just doing it to serve the community?
At the moment, we don’t generate revenues from CircleCount. There are no ads or no premium-parts where we could get money from.
Do you have plans to go commercial later?
We would like to generate revenue some day from CircleCount. This would be a nice benefit but at the moment there are no concrete plans for it.
We are surprised about the user base growth in the past. We just started it for fun and never thought about getting so much regular visitors like we have at the moment. That’s also the reason why we don’t try to make expectations. We are very satisfied with the current status and it doesn’t look like that it’s getting worse
Readers, by far there are no limits to the statistics that CircleCount provides, and the feature count they are building, is still counting. Are you?