Google+ Adds Views Metric To Profiles

Apr 1, 2014 • 8:41 am | comments (11) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google+ ViewsYesterday, there was all this craze about Google+ adding a new metric named "views" to your profile.

Google's Yonatan Zunger posted on his Google+ profile the meaning behind the views count. In short, it is a new metric that shows how engaged people are with you on Google+. Views count views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos.

Yonatan posted a pretty detailed FAQ on this new metric, here it is:

  • What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos.
  • What constitutes a "view?" For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it's when they look at it -- e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone's screen. (That's because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn't count.
  • Is this related to +1's, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1'ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view -- now you can see that for everything.
  • If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an "Alice +1'ed this," through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.
  • I don't want to show this on my profile! You can hide this by going to your settings page. Go to and look for "Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed."
  • This seems strange: Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don't engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group.
  • I want to find out more. Check out the Help Center article at

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