Google+ adds page view count for users to know how many times their Google+ profiles and contents have been viewed by other people.
In a blog post at Google+ Help, Google wrote:
?When you look at your profile, you can see your total number of views. That means you can tell how many times your content has been seen by other people, including your photos, posts, and profile page.
When you look at someone else?s profile or page, you can also see their total number of views. If you don?t see their view count, it means they?ve chosen not to include one on their profile.?
Moreover, Google’s Yonatan Zunger shared publicly on his Google+ profile the meaning behind the views count. Zunger wrote:
Several people have been asking me about the new “view count” number which shows up on your profile, and I’ve been answering on a bunch of threads, so let me give you the key answers in one place.
What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos.
What constitutes a “view?” For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it’s when they look at it — e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone’s screen. (That’s because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn’t count.
Is this related to +1’s, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1’ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view — now you can see that for everything.
If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an “Alice +1’ed this,” through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.
I don’t want to show this on my profile! You can hide this by going to your settings page. Go to plus.google.com/settings and look for “Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.”
This seems strange: Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don’t engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group.
I want to find out more. Check out the Help Center article at http://goo.gl/8BjroH.
So, here?s how to ?Hide or show the view count of your page & other content? (as instructed by Google+ Help):
You can use your settings to choose whether or not people see the number of times your page and other content have been viewed.
1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
2. Click Pages > Manage this page on the page you’d like to manage.
3. From the top left corner, choose Dashboard > Settings
4. Scroll to ?Profile.?
5. Check or uncheck the box to the left of ?Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.”
Android / Mobile Web / iOS
You can?t adjust this setting from your mobile device just yet. Please use a desktop computer to hide or show your view count.