Is Google + a Good Ole Boys Club?By: Chris Richardson - July 5, 2011
While we at WebProNews patiently await our Google + invitations, a little factoid popped up that may cause some of the single men out there to rethink their social media priorities. To quote Reddit, Google + is, apparently, the Internet’s biggest sausage fest. If you aren’t aware of the the phrase’s meaning, allow Urban Dictionary to assist. If you’re unsure about visiting UD, maybe this will help. A sausage fest, in relation to social media platforms, anyway, is not a festival celebrating sausage in all its forms. No, when describing a party or any other social setting, sausage fest simply means there are a bunch of guys and not many females around.
Lo, and behold, it looks like Google + fits that bill. The following screenshot was made by a Reddit user who apparently found a way to scale the Google + walls. The statistics in the image speak volumes, and, it may make you rethink your desire to get into Google’s exclusive party:
In case something’s amiss with the image and/or, you can’t see it, the numbers are as follows: At the time the screenshot was taken, Google + gender make up was 88 percent male and 10 percent female. The remaining two percent was for the “other” category, which, I suppose, could mean animals (pets) or, perhaps, tech toys people are fond of.
What do you make of such a breakdown? Is Google only targeting influential men — think Zuckerberg, Mark — with its limited amount of invites or are men the quickest ones to adopt new technology? Or are the men who joined sending out invitations to their bros before their, well, women? All of these sound like reasonable explanations, and, it’s pretty obvious that, once Google + opens its doors, people, women included, will migrate to the platform.
Just not yet.
A quick look at the Google + stats page reveals that the top ten members, in terms of followers, are all men, except for the 10th-ranked user, Gina Trapani, the founder of Lifehacker. If you expand out to include the top 20 members, only one more woman appears, and that’s Kelly Ellis, who is employed by Google. In fact, if you include the entire top 50 list, there are only six women total on it, giving a great deal of merit to the gender breakdown screenshot.
So. Is Google + trying to be the Spike TV of the Internet? A place for guys who like guy things that guys who are guys like because they are being guys or is this just a simple anomaly? While the anomaly is the most-likely explanation, who knows? Maybe women don’t like Google + yet.
The lead images is courtesy of the “Hitler Rants About Facebook and Google Plus,” which provide the great still image that leads this article.