10 Celebrities Using Google Plus (and How They're Using It)

10 Celebrities Using Google Plus (and How They're Using It) We all know exactly how powerful social media can be for celebrities. The Kardashians are neck and neck with President Obama for number of Twitter followers. Lady Gaga moves an obscene amount of units and drives support for all kinds of movements (i.e. tsunami relief) with her 12.2 million Twitter fans.

But what about the newest big boy in the social media realm – Google Plus? If you’re like me, plenty of your friends are on the new platform, but not that many people are doing anything. How about in the celebrity world? Are Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian racking up millions of new followers on their Google Plus profiles?

CNN recently reported on a "celebrity acquisition" plan to get high-profile entertainment figures on the new platform. The plan would reportedly verify celeb profiles and recruit more popular figures to participate more frequently.

Below we take a look at 10 of the biggest celebrity players in the social media world, and how they are using Google Plus. While there's plenty we don't know, we've come away feeling like it’s still the Wild West, that there’s still plenty of confusion, and that nobody is really owning their Google Plus presence like they could. Yet.

10 Celebrity Google Plus Accounts

Lady Gaga: https://plus.google.com/103480853414268871516/posts
Plus Presence: Gaga is keeping her profile current and using it to share special pictures, comments and news updates. The one of her and Tony Bennett (below) is really especially kick-ass. Strangely, Gaga’s page doesn’t show how many people are in her circle. Is Gaga getting special Google treatment?
Circlers: ?
Premature Grade: A-
Last Post: Yesterday
“Getting ready for The View! I can't wait to be one of the girls (and boy was she ever)! See you soon little monsters!”

July 31st
Hangin out with my buddy Tony having a whiskey. Feel like such a tramp.

Justin Bieber: https://plus.google.com/105733198271481487464/posts
Plus Presence:  The Biebs is clearly just getting started, but he’s already using Google Plus to pimp his new fragrance and support his favorite charities.
Circlers: 204
Premature Grade: C
Last post: July 27
“Spread the word and trend #SHOWYOURHEARTS and when u make a donation post the new profile pic 2 show the world! LEGGO! - http://t.co/b55JUXd

Paris Hilton: https://plus.google.com/114055975301837030490/posts
Plus Presence: The original queen of reality TV is using her Google Plus profile to push her new more adult image, including pics of her charity work. She’s already picking up thousands of circlers to boot.
Circlers: 10,337
Premature Grade: A-
Last post: Today
“Had so much fun at the Union Rescue Mission making craft projects with the kids! They were so creative and talented. Art can be a wonderful creative outlet.”

Britney Spears: https://plus.google.com/100000772955143706751/posts
Plus Presence: While the pics and updates are near constant here, and the number of followers is substantial, it’s actually not entirely clear that this is even the real deal, though it is what comes up when you search for Britney. One of the hazards of the Google Plus Wild West appears to be possible impostors.
Circlers: 14,438
Premature Grade: C
Last Post: Today
Concert pics from Detroit.

William Shatner: https://plus.google.com/112859244767729828637/posts
Plus Presence: An early mover on Google Plus, William Shatner’s account was actually taken down for a while last month as Google apparently tried to hash out its verification process. Now it’s back up, and Shatner is keeping busy, yo.
Circlers: 32,214
Premature Grade: B+
Last post: Today
"Sites and scenes from the Hollywood Forever screening of Epix's The Captains. My best, Bill"

Ashton Kutcher: https://plus.google.com/100300281975626912157/posts
Plus Presence: Ashton’s as up on Google Plus as anyone, and having a lot of fun with it. He’s got over 30k Circlers, and seems to get how the damn thing works. Mainly, his profile is good because he's having fun and not taking it too seriously or bombing us with promos. Given his previous success with Twitter, this is not at all surprising.
Circlers: 35,772
Premature Grade: B+
Last Post: July 30th
http://www.quora.com/How-does-a-programmer-become-a-brogrammer

"Q: How does a programmer become a brogrammer?
Answer (1 of 2): Attire * Polo, tight so the chicks can see how defined your muscles are * Sunglasses, mostly mirrored aviators and multi-colored wayfarers, but mostly any type of sunglasses are acc..."

Trent Reznor: https://plus.google.com/101483533411566453214/posts
Plus Presence: The NIN frontman used Google Plus to keep fans from buying a totally unnecessary "Pretty Hate Machine" reboot put out by his label. Was this Google Plus' first act of open celebrity rebellion? Trent Reznor's still a punk at heart, and a geek too (check his profile pic below). Huzzah for that.
Circlers: 17,211
Premature Grade: B
Last post: July 20th
"For clarification: if you are interested in purchasing a new copy of Pretty Hate Machine, I'd recommend this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Hate-Machine-2010-Remaster/dp/B00489YLBS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311199948&sr=8-1
I was involved with the remastering and I had Rob redesign the cover. It sounds a lot better than any previous version."

Alyssa Milano: https://plus.google.com/118254993345625377660/posts
Plus Presence: Like William Shatner, Alyssa Milano had her profile taken down then put back up by Google. She’s gathering circlers and doing a great job of supporting her causes with Google Plus.
Circlers: 31,097
Premature Grade: A
Last Post: July 31
"UNICEF and partners race against time as Horn of Africa crisis worsens"

50 Cent: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114809488257853535663/posts
Plus Presence: Fitty's just dipping his feet in the water, but the waters are enteraining already. He's got video clips and pictures of big baggies full of hundred dollar bills. Would you expect anything else?
Circlers: 8718
Premature Grade: C
Last post: July 21st
"check this sh*t out!"


Kim Kardashian: https://plus.google.com/104241188059104993941/posts
Plus Presence: Kim is killing on Twitter, but seems confused by Google Plus so far (assuming once again that her profile is legit). Don’t expect that to last too long.
Circlers: 214
Premature Grade: F/NA
Last post: July 12th
“People who are not in my circles or not having me in their circles are able to comment on my posts”

Are you following someone on Google Plus now who is doing good things with the new platform? Think we're way off with our totally premature evaluation? You might be right! Let us know in the comments.

 
 
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