Search engine giant Google is planning to add a Twitter like ‘suggested users’ list to its Google + social networking platform.
Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product management for Google+, informed in a tweet that that soon a suggested user like feature will be introduced to Google+.
“We're about to pilot a 'suggested user'-like mechanism on Google+. If you've got more than 100k followers on Twitter, DM me - let's talk!” he tweeted.
This move by Google has already drawn severe criticism from users and prominent bloggers alike, some comparing Google’s move with racial profiling.
Many believe that the list will create a large divide between people who were on the list and those who were not, which is same as what happened on Twitter. Meanwhile, others accused Google of favouritism and claimed that the move would ‘alienate’ people.
“Today's list isn't yet personalized. At first personalization will be "lite" - users in different regions and languages will get different recommendations. But per above, we intend to allow people to deeply personalize and connect with like-minded people that create great content around almost any topic they care about,” Horowitz said, responding to the criticism of favouritism.