See Who’s Been Snooping your Google+ Profile

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6 Comments on “See Who’s Been Snooping your Google+ Profile”

  1. Mike Totman says:

    Well constructed, I was all uppity and leaving a snarky comment on your stream when I decided to follow your link (carefully, in an incognito window). Well played sir.

  2. mytooq says:

    And the results from my FB style phishing scam PSA:

    Total shares and posts: 7

    Countries
    Canada
    31
    United States
    10
    United Kingdom
    1

    Browsers
    Chrome
    26
    Firefox
    10
    Mobile Safari
    4
    Internet Explorer
    1
    Mobile
    1

    Platforms
    Windows
    30
    Macintosh
    6
    Linux
    4
    Other Unix
    1
    iPhone

    I have to say that only two numbers really stood out to me, but just barely. The high percentage of Chrome users, and the ratio of Windows users to everything else.

    Certainly Google+ is likely to have a higher percentage of Chrome users due simply to brand awareness, but the ratio was a little surprising.

    If I was really cynical (which I am, just not in this case), I could put out a press release about how Windows users are more susceptible to phishing scams, similar to the faux press release that circulated a couple of weeks ago. Again, when looking at overall market share, this probably isn’t too out of line. The Linux number seemed high, but I follow and am followed by a lot of developers and so not terribly surprising.

    So what did we learn?
    1. Hypothesis: Google+ folks seem to be a little more weathered and skeptical about these types of things. It certainly did not go viral, though I have to wonder if it self replicated similar to FB versions, if it would have caught a spark somewhere.
    2. Hypothesis: Window’s users may be slightly more susceptible to falling for phishing scams.
    3. Hypothesis: Google+ people don’t care who looks at their profile in comparison to the same “need to know” on FB. This could be because FB is deemed to be personal (despite privacy) while Google+ really seems to be focused on being the public you most of the time due to being able to share things on a granular to universal level.

    I’d actually like to run similar tests on both Facebook and on Twitter. I may set them up over the next couple of weeks if I can find the time (I don’t even have the time to be writing this). While not incredibly scientific, I find behavior between platforms interesting.

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