Google+ may soon be getting a new “Suggested User” list feature similar to what’s been offered on Twitter. The company’s VP of Product, Bradley Horowitz, tweeted a message inviting select individuals to come participate in a pilot for what he calls a “suggested user-like mechanism” on Google+. But the only individuals they’re interested in for now are those with over 100k Twitter followers.
The tweet from Horowitz reads: “We’re about to pilot a ‘suggested user’-like mechanism on Google+. If you’ve got more than 100k followers on Twitter, DM me – lets talk! As stated in the message, Horowitz is looking for users who have more than a 100,000 followers on Twitter.” Other than the tweet there are very few details on how the new feature would work or how suggested users would be selected on Google+.
When Twitter first rolled out its suggested user list, it stirred some controversy as those who made it on the list would gain followers exponentially, leaving those who were excluded feeling the system unfair. Twitter has revamped the list last year allowing users to create their own personalized suggested user lists.
Hence, it will be interesting to see how Google goes about this and whether it’s their first step to verified celebrity profiles, a category that the company is still figuring out how to handle. However, Horowitz did hint in a follow-up tweet that the suggested user list would explore “context-specific relevance” for recommendations instead of just suggesting the same Google+ profiles across the platform.