Google+ Circle counts arrive in search results

Google is starting to show authors' Circle count in search, as a mark of authority.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Wow. If we had any doubt that Google+ was going to become a significant part of what Google does, I think we can abandon it now. Checking recent referrals to this blog, I stumbled across this search result:

Google+ Circles in search

I’ve talked about authorship markup before, but now they’ve added circle counts. That’s interesting.

Authorship is a way of socialising search results – it gives the author of any particular page a high level of emphasis. I’ve seen a small, but noticeable, uptick in search click-throughts since I started using it. That’s to be expected – people respond to images of people.

However the circle count gives some indication of authority – how followed this person is, how worth listening to they are. Looks like Google+ is going to end up as an integral part of Google search…

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