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Tech Thursday – Zuckerberg Quits Google+

Something that took a lot of people by surprise, myself included, was that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg had an account on the new social network that Google has started, called Google+. Just to add irony to the surprise, he closed off access to his account so he couldn’t be tracked. “Hi Kettle, my name is The Pot. Did you know you’re black?”

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As of late Tuesday, Zuckerberg was one of the most followed people on Google+, and the account identity was confirmed by tech journalist Robert Scoble, it was the real Mark Zuckerberg. Scoble tweeted that he was texted by Zuckerberg. The text said “Why are people so surprised that I’d have a Google account?” With the closing off of his account, Zuckerberg no long shows up in the most followed users list on the Google+ account belonging to the Social Statistics compiler Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten.

I find it ironic, as I would guess the rest of the internet would too, that a man who has touted being more open and been at the center or privacy concerns with Facebook numerous times, would decide to close off his account. What doesn’t he want to share? Seems fishy to me. Could it be he doesn’t buy what he’s selling to his Facebook users?

But Mark’s loss is someone’s gain. With Mark now not being tracked anymore, Robert Scoble is now the most followed person on the new Google+ with founder of, Kevin Rose in the second spot, and Tech Talk Show Host and founder of the TWiT network, Leo Laporte in third.

What do you think of Zuckerberg’s actions on Google+?



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