What is Google +1?
Google recently released their “+1” feature and this has a some people confused. First of all, what is it? The +1 button is Google’s equivalent to the Facebook “Like” button. By clicking the +1 you are endorsing a Google search result or a website to your fellow Google “friends” or to the public – depending on your Google profile settings.
What is the Purpose of Google +1?
The purpose of Google +1 is to share content by simply clicking a button. You don’t need to write a blog post about it, share it on Facebook/twitter/delicious, or send it in an email – you can now click a simple button and let other’s know that you like something on the web.
What it Doesn’t Do
Google +1 does not bump up a website’s search results or improve SEO – at least that’s what Google says.
How do I Participate?
- First, you must have an public Google profile. You can easily create profile in seconds if you already have a Google account (http://www.google.com/profiles).
- Second, you need to opt in to the Google +1 Experiment (http://www.google.com/experimental/index.html)
- Lastly, Google something and click “+1”!
Here’s the official Google video if you’re interested.
Finally, should you really care about it?
If you’re like me and you trust your friends in what they find useful on the web. Then yes, you should care about it. Then again, who knows if this is going to take off…
If not, it’s just another silly “like” button.