The new Google+ Profile View Count appeared on the afternoon of the 31st March, which originally looked to be a Google+ April fools joke, not so, it appears the Profile View Count is here to stay.
Google+ Profile View Count
When you look at your profile, you can see your total number of views. That means you can tell how many times your content has been seen by other people, including your photos, posts, and profile page.
When you look at someone else’s profile or page, you can also see their total number of views. If you don’t see their view count, it means they’ve chosen not to include one on their profile.
Hide or show the view count of your profile & other content
You can use your settings to choose whether or not people see the number of times your profile and content have been viewed.
- Open Google+ and click Home in the upper left corner.
- Click Settings > scroll to “Profile.”
- Check or uncheck the box to the left of “Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.”
What does the Profile View Count All Mean?
Yonatan Zunger chief architect at Google+ explains:
What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos.
What constitutes a “view?” For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it’s when they look at it — e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone’s screen. (That’s because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn’t count.
Is this related to +1’s, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1’ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view — now you can see that for everything.
If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an “Alice +1’ed this,” through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.
I don’t want to show this on my profile! You can hide this see instructions above.
This seems strange Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don’t engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group.
Changing Profile Image Increases View Count
This was an april fools joke, but hey you never know.