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A new feature has been added to the Google +1 button which will appeal to site owners and users alike. The new feature offers on-site recommendations when a user hovers over the +1 button, showing relevant pages and other pages recommended by friends on Google+. And the best part: if you already have the +1 button on your website, you don’t have to anything. The feature will roll out to users over the next few weeks.

In order to keep the recommendations relevant, they will always refer to pages under the same domain the user is currently on. So if, for example, you are on a MakeUseOf article and hover over the +1 button, you will immediately get recommendations for other popular MakeUseOf pages recommended by other users.

In this case, the recommendations were not very relevant to the topic of the article, but sometimes they are, as shown on this Euro 2012 Chrome add-on on the Chrome web store. In this case, I got a recommendation for related Chrome app, in addition to a very popular one.

If you can’t see this feature yet, don’t worry, it’s still being rolled out as is usual with Google. If you want to see it before everyone else, you can sign up for the Google+ Platform Preview group, and get a sneak peek of the features before they’re officially rolled out. The sign up process is very quick and you can also provide feedback about the feature, if you think something’s missing.

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Do you think you would use these Google +1 recommendations, or is it just more clutter?

Source: Google+ Platform Blog

  1. Shawn Ashree Baba
    July 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Google + is really interesting.

  2. Ravi Meena
    June 30, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Now Facebook will also get it, i mean they will copy it. apart from that it is a great feature, will check out similar sites to makeuseof.

  3. Denis Paley
    June 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

    This could be a great feature as long as the recommendations are relevant to the topic at hand,if not than it's just another aggravation taking up valuable browser real estate.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

      It is supposed to be relevant, but that doesn't always work very well. This is probably great feedback to give to the Google team before they actually roll our the feature!

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