Google+ added a view counter to everyone’s profile page this week and I’m just catching up. Here’s mine.
I was actually quite surprised to see that I had more than 16,000 views. I rarely ever post to my account but YouTube has been doing some posting for me. Still. . . a lot of views for so few followers.
Google says the number equals the number of times your content has been seen by other people, including your photos, posts, and profile page. (Give or take)
Wil Wheaton has 73,452,925. Our own Andy Beal has 178,045 views. How many views do you have?
Clearly Google+ is trying to make a point about how active the site is but it’s depressing if your numbers don’t add up. And views are public by default so you might want to switch them off if yours are lacking.
Go to Home > Settings > Profile. Then uncheck the box at the bottom.
Next question. How often will these numbers be updated? It’s not calculating in real time. I interacted with Wil Wheaton’s page for several minutes and it didn’t change. I scrolled, read, +1’d a post. Nothing. Apparently this number isn’t meant to be an accurate accounting, just a ballpark number to make you feel special or awful about your popularity.
Bottom line? For people who have really big numbers it’s a nice bit of PR. For companies with lousy numbers it could influence a new customer’s decision to stick around. Could. . . but most likely, the view counter won’t change anything at all.