Britney Spears has pushed Google CEO Larry Page out of the top spot on social media site Google+, ending the reign of technology elites on the newly minted social network.
According to the Next Web-created Google+ statistics counter, Britney Spears has accumulated 743,179 followers. Larry Page was just behind with 742,492 followers on the morning of November 24.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg -- who once held the elusive top spot on Google+ (G+) despite never posting on the social network publicly -- has slipped into fourth place.
Since launching in July Google+ has been home to technology journalists and early adopters, however, over the last few months celebrities have started to join the site and are quickly climbing their way up the list of most followed users.
Recording artist Snoop Dogg, American model Tyra Banks, socialite Paris Hilton, glamour model Jessi June and English business magnate Richard Branson have all gained enough followers on the social network to make it into the top ten.
Celebrities are the most followed users on rival social network Twitter; Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry hold the top three places on Twitter with 16.3 million, 14.8 million and 12.4 million followers respectively. Britney Spears is the fifth most followed user on the site with just under 11.3 million fans.
Celebrities feature in Facebook’s most followed accounts too, however, Facebook’s own account and Texas Hold’em Poker rank first and second according to All Facebook’s Facebook Page Leaderboard.
US President Barack Obama made his Google+ debut on November 23 but he is keeping his follower count hidden from public view. He is the sixth most followed person on Twitter with 11.3 million fans and the 40th most followed person on Facebook with 24.1 million fans.
The top 10 most popular Google+ users according to socialstatistics.com:
Britney Spears - 743,179 followers
Larry Page - 742,492
Snoop Dogg - 638,168
Mark Zuckerberg - 610,177
Tyra Banks - 527,980
Paris Hilton - 501,532
Jessi June - 491,521
Sergey Brin - 490,821
Richard Branson - 475,864
Vic Gundotra - 467,610