How news of Kim Jong-il’s death spread on Google+: On Sunday night, our always-on editorial team saw a report from Yonhap News in South Korea about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Within moments, we posted the story across BreakingNews.com, our mobile apps, Twitter, Facebook, here on Tumblr and Google+.
The news spread quickly, and using the Google Ripples feature, we can see how it multiplied on G+. We posted it first on +Breaking News and shared it moments later on +Cory Bergman (that’s me). PBS Newshour and Louis Gray, who’s the product marketing manager at Google+, were among the larger accounts that quickly shared it from there. Overall, it was shared 458 times, attracting over 500 plus ones.
"More and more often, I am finding out about the world’s news and sports through Google+. Even updates like this," Gray wrote. “Thanks to +Breaking News and the many other fine journalists and bloggers who have embraced this platform.”
Over the weekend, our two accounts (combined) surpassed 250,000 people in our circles — the largest general news presence on G+. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has added us, and please don’t hesitate to let us know how we’re doing!