Here's what "What's hot" and the "Suggested users list"…

By | September 7, 2012

Here's what "What's hot" and the "Suggested users list" should look like

One of the biggest flaws of Google's algorithm is suggesting only known entities: you'll find already popular people and pages there. But some of the real gems in the G+ community are the folk who you've never heard about, because they don't have the same large following. +CircleCount 's new "explore" feature does that: It highlights interesting content, regardless of whether it comes from someone with 78 followers or someone with 100,000 followers. What a great way to find new people, and increase your general knowledge.

Hats off to +Daniel Sandstein and the rest of the amazing +CircleCount crew, for yet again filling in a big hole in what the G+ community needs!

Reshared post from +Jaana Nyström

What’s Hot in your country?

Starting today you can find some very hot google+ posts on +CircleCount/

The main target of CircleCount is to let you find interesting people and posts which are not on the #SUL (=suggested user list; or on the “What’s hot” section of Google+ (
That’s why the rules to get a post into this list is addicted to the number of followers. You can get even a post with only 16 reshares into this list.

Another target of CircleCount is transparency.
That’s why you will find a clear description on this page, how you can get a post there.

You can also filter these posts by the country or the continent where the author of the post is located.

Here are some examples:


United Kingdom


United States


Image credit: +Russell Deasley

10 thoughts on “Here's what "What's hot" and the "Suggested users list"…

  1. CircleCount

    +Abe Pectol thanks!
    The post collection is running in the background and when a profile page is opened.

    We'll check what we can in the future regarding language recognition (the easiest would be an attribute in the Google+ API with the language of a post 😉 ).

    Consider your comments here as plusoned, since I'm not allowed to plusone it through the page 😉

  2. Abe Pectol

    +CircleCount you'll probably need it in some simplified and/or C-optimized form (it's easiest to do with Cython, but alas, you're using PHP 🙂 ). There seem to be at least something wrt C extensions for PHP… but not much (and not in most setups). And anyway, thinking a bit, it would probably be best to run it as a background cronjob (though, aren't you running the post collection process that way already?) that annotates post entries in the database with their language.
    (sorry for a bit messy brain-dump 🙂 )
    Also, a general note, from ML (Machine Learning, that is) perspective: what you do could be optimized (i.e. “made more precise & useful”) in general with some probability theory and as much computational resources as you have.

  3. CircleCount

    +Abe Pectol CircleCount is based on php/mysql. So the programming language would be php and if I find a (good) library there shouldn't be a problem to implement it. But we would have to check how the performance will be if "calculate" the language for each post.

  4. Abe Pectol

    +CircleCount there are already various implementations (and, maybe, libraries) for language detection/identification, so the point is to find what is possible (or “worth it”) at all given your resources (and programming language, and so on). I don't know either of those, of course 🙂

  5. CircleCount

    I would say both (dont know how and after thinking about it probably to complex?)
    plus: too hardware-intensive (since each post would have to get analyzed)

    But we are open for any idea/help! 😉

  6. Abe Pectol

    M-mm, sounds like implementation (or re-invention) of “bayesian score” (… or however it's conventionally called).
    Also, [bad] way of SaaS: most useful things has to be implemented as an external service.


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