Britney Spears today became the first person with a million followers on Google+, a milestone worth noting, even if hasn't generated the kind of buzz that accompanied Ashton Kutcher's and Charlie Sheen's rushes to a million Twitter followers.
According to The Next Web, the tireless--and now 30-year-old--Spears barely beat out other celebs to seven figures on Google+, including Google CEO Larry Page and rapper Snoop Dogg. However, it seems likely that Spears only made it to the million-follower mountaintop first because folks like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber aren't on Google's social network yet.
Still, Britney's millionth recalls the excitement--some would say odd hype--of the 2009 race between CNN and Ashton Kutcher to be the first to hit that number on Twitter. At the time, such a thing was (by definition) unheard of and came with some serious bragging rights. CNN even spent a good deal of time pimping its account on TV as the race came down to the wire.
Then there was Charlie Sheen's record-breaking million Twitter followers moment. If I recall correctly, it took the scandal-plagued actor about 25 hours to get there. Not bad for someone who, at the time, was getting fired from TV shows and amassing bad juju at a furious pace.
By comparison, did anyone even notice Spears' approaching the million followers mark on Google+? And if not, is that more a comment on the social network, or on the singer? My hunch is both.