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June 3, 2011


Insight: goOgle’s +1 Button

[To see howto add +1 button to your website navigate here.]

What is goOgle +1 button?

First of all if you want to know what is this +1 button we’re talking about.. you need to see this video embedded below:

The +1 button is a shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.” Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1’s can help friends, contacts and others find the best stuff when they search.

This is goOgle’s  step towards making its search more socially bent and increase the relevancy of the search results. You can say that is goOgle equivalent to FaceboOk’s Like but still very different.

GoOgle launched “+1” a few months ago in their search results. Enabling you to “+1” any search result or Ad you would like to recommend to your social circle and the next time anyone in your social circle searches and encounter your recommended search result.. He’ll see a caption below the search result saying “You +1’d this”.

Its like going to a new restaurant and finding on the door a note from your friend telling you its goOd. (For what I normally depend on 4Square.) But its not only for restaurants its for “Everything” (For what we DO depend on goOgle).

See example in the image below:

+1'd this

+1'd this

How goOgle determines my friends/connection/Social circle?

GoOd question! To know the answer to this first goto you goOgle Dashboard and scroll down to “Social Circle and Content”

There goOgle organizes all your social connections basically divided into 3 categories:

  • Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts
  • Direct connections from links through Google Profiles or Connected accounts
  • Secondary connections that are publicly associated with your direct connections

So your connections consists of all you goOgle chat friends, your goOgle Contacts, your connections from connected accounts like twitter etc. and direct connections of your connections i.e your secondary connections (Friends of your Friends).

Why Can’t I see it in my search results?

First your have to create your goOgle profile if you don’t have one create one.. as all of your +1s get stored in your goOgle profile.

If you have goOgle profile then also you may or may not see +1 button in search results as goOgle haven’t rolled it out to all of its users. Currently its only visible to some of the randomly chosen users and its currently available for English searches on goOgle.COM only.

But you can activate this feature by enrolling in the experiment by goOgle here..

Once you join the experiment you will start seeing +1 button on the search results but only on goOgle.COM.

Where can I see all my +1s?

All your +1s get stored in your goOgle profile. You can manage all your +1s from the “+1” Tab in your goOgle Profile. You can even delete your +1s from there which you don’t want to recommend anymore.

You can see an example of goOgle’s +1 Button right here on our website in the top right side of this article just below the article’s heading.


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Snehil Khanor wrote 131 articles on this blog.

Snehil Khanor - Entrepreneurial Spirit, Techie, Gadget Freak, Blogger, Dreamer, Internet Visionary, Foodie, Delhiite, Wannabe Artist ,To-be Engineer with a heart of a Poet. 😉

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ian
    Jun 25 2011

    Hi Snehil,

    Whats the name of the social bookmarking plugin you have on this post.

    Also, how can you see how many Google +1s your site has (without a plugin).


  2. Jul 28 2013

    Nicely explained, my google plus webpage show +51 … most of these +1s are from the +1 to postings I did in different do I know the number of users +1 my page directly????
    Thanks for sharing all info

  3. Sep 20 2013

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts.Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.
    Career Mint


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