Google Brings More Social Sharing To +1 Buttons [News]

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Since Google launched its +1 button for websites this past June, it says that more than one million sites use the sharing feature . To extend the use of the button, Google recently launched two more features that enable users to use +1 buttons with their Google+ circles, and the ability for content publishers to customize the +1 content using what Google calls “+Snippets.”

These features are available on +1 buttons posted on subscribing sites, such as MakeUseOf (see the end of this article).

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When you see the new “Share on Google +” option on a webpage, you can click it and choose one of your Google+ circles to instantly share that page, similar to how you share webpage links on your Twitter account. You can also add a comment in the sharebox before clicking the sent button.

For web content providers using +1 buttons, Google has has included what is called +Snippets, which is a way for publishers to customize the descriptions and linked image that pop-up in the sharebox. More details on customizing are available on the Google Webmaster blog.

In a related story, Google has said that it is exploring using +1 buttons as part of its search results algorithm for ranking websites. It told Wired magazine that “the purpose of any ranking signal is to improve overall search quality. For +1’s and other social ranking signals, as with any new ranking signal, we will be starting carefully and learning how those signals are related to quality“.

Source: Techland

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Comments (5)
  • Stef Gonzaga

    Hey, Bakari! Thanks for the post. I’ve been waiting for this +Snippets button for a while now, so it’s great that Google has finally released it.

    • Bakari Chavanu

      Cool, Stef. Glad it will be useful to you. I need to get updated on your site. Haven’t been on there in a while.

  • Vince Hagar

    Many sites have a “like”‘ feature of some sort. Facebook quite possibly popularized the idea, but I wouldn’t say they have a monopoly on the idea. If we a going to go so far as to say they copied Facebook’s like button, then we might as well go as far as saying they copied Facebook’s social networking idea.

  • RealTimeTricks

    Don’t you think they have somehow copied the same concept of facebook like button?

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