I’m not a fan of the popularity contest that social media ends up being, and noticed that on Google Plus some profiles have their “viewer” count while others don’t. I don’t want it on mine. How can I hide or disable the view or viewer count on my Google Plus profile?
You’re right that there’s a certain popularity contest inherent in much of social media, where people are comparing follower counts, friend counts, retweets and so on, but there’s a deeper underlying psychological effect going on here too, called social proof. We’re all subject to this: something that’s popular “must” be better than something that’s not well known, whether it’s a restaurant well known for long waits (and therefore great food) or a celebrity who has millions of fans.
Nonetheless, I can completely understand your reaction, and I think a lot of people would be happy to sidestep the votes and popularity contest entirely. And on Google Plus you can do just that…
To start out, let me show you the head of my own Google Plus profile:
Look more closely on the left side, you’ll see the follower count and “views” count:
You can’t get rid of the followers count, but that crazy big 3,020,199 views stat? That we can hide.
Pull up the main menu on the left side of any Google+ page:
(I’ve chopped out some options to make it a bit shorter)
Choose “Settings”, then scroll down on the resultant page to find this entry:
You can see the third entry here, and no surprise, it’s what you want to uncheck: Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.
Simply make sure that particular box isn’t checked and you’ll be good to go. Again, you can’t hide your follower count, but your views at least vanishes:
Of course, the real way to avoid all the popularity contest is to simply not be on social media, but that might be an overly Draconian solution.
Meanwhile, I’ll follow you! Circle me on Google Plus and I’ll endeavor to do the same for you too! Find me here: Dave Taylor on Google Plus.