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Google’s baked-in social sharing 2 Ways to Add Social Bookmarking Buttons to Your Blog 2 Ways to Add Social Bookmarking Buttons to Your Blog Read More feature, Google +1, has now been released for use by webmasters. If you’re not already aware, +1 is the company’s attempt to challenge Facebook’s popular sharing feature. Giving a +1 to a site is, according to the press material, “shorthand for ‘this is pretty cool.'”

The exact algorithm behind the feature is still a bit of a mystery, but sites that you back with a vote should appear in your own search results more frequently. In addition, your Google contacts 5 Great Tips To Manage Your Google (& Android) Contacts 5 Great Tips To Manage Your Google (& Android) Contacts Read More will see your recommendation if they come across the same site.

The button can be implemented on any website by visiting the setup page and going through the simple setup procedure.  If you’ve used Adsense How To View Adsense Performance In Google Analytics & Why You'd Want To How To View Adsense Performance In Google Analytics & Why You'd Want To Read More or Adwords, this will be familiar. Four different types of +1 button are available, although they’re roughly the same size.

Besides its appearance on third-party sites, the feature will also be rolling out on sites like YouTube and Blogger How To SEO Optimize Your Blogger Blog Titles For Higher Search Results How To SEO Optimize Your Blogger Blog Titles For Higher Search Results Read More and will be implemented into the Android Market (although it’s unclear if both the market website and the market app will be bestowed with the button). However, this is still considered an experimental feature, so you’ll need to enroll before you’ll see any new buttons to click.

What do you think of Google’s latest venture into social networking?  Does this look like a sure-fire winner or something destined to crash and burn?  Should Facebook be worried?

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Source: Slashgear

  1. Anonymous
    June 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Curious if MUO gonna use it... :)

    • Aibek
      June 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      we will :)

  2. Julius Leachman III
    June 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I don't get it. Isn't this what Google Buzz already does (or suppose to do...?)

  3. Jacob Gillespie
    June 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

    For those you you who run WordPress and who aren't too skeptical about the +1's benefit on SEO, I've written a WordPress plugin which you can find here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-plus-one/

  4. Lamailperlospam
    June 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I'm very skeptic, too... It's a good idea but not easy to manage.

  5. Scutterman
    June 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    This is a definite crash and burn. Just look at how some scammers abuse the FB like button to get people to fill in surveys, using the fact that once you click it, your friends are more likely to. And when you see the sort of spam that the FB button adds to the newsfeed (hidden for me by a firefox addon called Feed Filter) the likelyhood that google will turn the same way is too big of a risk.

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