Google adds "+1" button to search results

By on March 30, 2011, 7:03 PM
Google is adding a new feature to its search engine that lets you upvote search results. The feature has been named +1 (plus one), which, as you probably know, is commonly used on forums and similar discussion mediums to indicate that a person agrees with a previous post.

Sites that appear in search results will now have a +1 button next to them, allowing you to recommend a specific page or advertisement. Google displays the sites that you and your contacts have +1'd so you can instantly see who recommends what and make your decision accordingly.

"The beauty of +1's is their relevance -- you get the right recommendations (because they come from people who matter to you), at the right time (when you are actually looking for information about that topic) and in the right format (your search results)," the company explained.

"Say, for example, you're planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you're looking for a new pasta recipe, we’ll show you +1's from your culinary genius college roommate."

The service could eventually include other networks like Twitter and it might show how many people across the Internet have +1'd a specific result. Google also hopes websites will add a button to their pages so you can +1 things from around the Web -- similar to Facebook's "Like" button.

The feature is being rolled out slowly and English-speaking users should be able to opt-in through the company's experimental search site. It remains to be seen how successful +1 will be, especially given Google's recent failures in the social domain (namely Google Wave and Buzz).

Unsurprisingly, new feature is already facing criticism. "Why would I '+1' a link to a page before I've seen whether I like it and why would I go back to the results if I've found the best result?" asks Alex Rainert of Foursquare. Do you have any initial thoughts on +1? Will you opt in?




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ramonsterns said:

inb4 4chan upvotes themselves.

DokkRokken said:

ramonsterns said:

inb4 4chan upvotes themselves.

Oh Google, what have you wrought?!

ramonsterns said:

DokKRokken said:

ramonsterns said:

inb4 4chan upvotes themselves.

Oh Google, what have you wrought?!

I also suspect the RIAA website to be buried under a mound of downvotes.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm pretty sure it will have a system to prevent such things, besides the "people you care" means it will work integrating your google account, so you "follow" or something like that (Like Buzz).

Great great idea =)

ramonsterns said:

kibaruk said:

I'm pretty sure it will have a system to prevent such things

Such things as what, freedom of speech? I seriously don't think 4chan would need to do anything shady to get several thousand or a million votes.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I don't get why 4chan would "up" itself.

When you search for 4chan in Google, the top result is...4chan. So is the 2nd and 3rd.

And it only relates to YOU, and your contacts. Who cares if millions of people upvote 4chan, unless those people are your Gmail contacts, you won't see the results, if I'm reading the article correctly.

Guest said:

Cool, now give us a -1 button.

ramonsterns said:

gwailo247 said:

I don't get why 4chan would "up" itself.

When you search for 4chan in Google, the top result is...4chan. So is the 2nd and 3rd.

And it only relates to YOU, and your contacts. Who cares if millions of people upvote 4chan, unless those people are your Gmail contacts, you won't see the results, if I'm reading the article correctly.

I didn't say I cared if they did, I just see it as something they would do.

Hell, for all I know they could up vote everything else unrelated to them until the link to 4chan fell to the 20th page or something.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

ramonsterns said:

idn't say I cared if they did, I just see it as something they would do.

Hell, for all I know they could up vote everything else unrelated to them until the link to 4chan fell to the 20th page or something.

Which still won't matter if none of those people are in your contact list.

Lurker101 said:

Such a fantastic idea, soon to be undone by an army of sock puppets

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Probably he needs to read a bit more... and yes THERE IS a system to prevent that. Contacts yay.

Guest said:

Google not only wants to track everything you do but everything that your friends and family do as well. Google - "DO NOt get caught being EVIL", too late...

Guest said:

The prove that +1 Google Button is Stolen as well Copied concept. http://tiny.cc/d6taz

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