Zuckerberg tops popularity charts on Google+
While we’re all upset that we didn’t get a Google+ invite before the new social media website is available to the masses, reports are coming out that the most popular person to follow on Google+ is the one and only, Mark Zuckerberg. I guess it’s not always a bad sign when your chief competitor is the most popular profile to follow when you’re launching your own social media site. Zuckerberg is also on more follow lists than anyone else on Google+.
According to a report on PC Mag, Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the most followed with more than 29,000 followers on Google+ while Google CEO Larry Page holds the No. 2 spot with more than 19,000 followers. Google senior Vice President Vic Gundotra takes the third spot and Google co-founder Sergey Brin takes the fourth spot with more than 15,000 followers. The rest of the most-followed list contains some tech geek hot shots. These numbers were reported earlier this morning around 11:30am EST.
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Zuckerberg has yet to post a public update on the Google+ network and according to PC Mag, he wrote “I make things” under his About section and lists Palo Alto, California as a place he’s lived.
It’s too early to tell if Google+ will be the Facebook killer of our generation, however, we can imagine that because of all of the new bells and whistles – and hopefully fewer privacy issues – donned on the new Google+, fewer and fewer people will be wasting their time on Zuckerberg’s creation. When Google+ gets rid of its invite-only restriction, you better believe we’ll be heading over to the site to see what the big fuss is about. We definitely won’t be shutting down our Facebook pages, but if Google+ is all that it’s cracked up to be, we’ll likely spend more time milling around in Google’s Circles and Hangouts.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”