Google Plus User Map Visualization

CircleCount (a Google+ user stats site) created this stunning info-map showing the locations of active Google+ users across the globe. Heres’ how they describe its creation:

We visualised the profiles in our index with a publicly shown location (more than 4 million). Each of those profiles got a 2×2 sized pixel in white and each of those pixels is 10% transparent.

Then we mapped all of them on a blue background and now look, what you can see, without any borders. Since our 2×2 pixel are 10 % opaque you can see that the whiter places are the more populated once.

(Click the image for a larger view)

Google Plus world map

Some observations:

  • No regular Google+ user will be surprised by the brightness of India and Southeast Asia in general. Every morning I wake up to dozens of new followers from those regions.
  • Google+ has taken Europe by storm, again confirmed by my own follower experience. With over 21,000 followers on Google+ now, many of my most interesting and active engagers are from Europe.
  • We’ve been hearing that Google+ is exploding in Brazil. This map seems to confirm that.
  • Google+ is NOT a “ghost town.” Far from it!
Google Plus User Map Visualization by

Mark is Director of Digital Outreach for Virante Inc. Mark helps businesses build strategies to increase brand influence and attract natural links and social signals. He has a special reputation as an expert on Google+ and Google Authorship. A former teacher, Mark has worked directly in Internet marketing since 2005, but has been involved in social media and online community formation since the mid 1990s. When not helping Virante clients improve their online presence, Mark participates in competitive storytelling, plays with a Dixieland street band, and (surprise) spends more time on the web.


  1. Small typo … “once” should read “ones.”

  2. Fantastic image. I don’t think enough people know about or follow Circle Count. They are a great resource for G+ data.


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