Google rolls out +1 button for websites

By Emil · 19 replies
Jun 1, 2011
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  1. Google today released the +1 button to the whole Web. You should thus start seeing the +1 button appear on various sites all over the Internet.

    Read the whole story
  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Well I'm sure someone is going to have fun making a +1 bot to bump their website to the top pages.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    +1 interwenbz 4 u!

    @Princeton, I am sure there will be some system put in place to overcome this, if there isn't already ;)
  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,071   +428

    Sure go ahead and mess with google. That's an easy way to get your site instantly banned.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    @ Princeton - they'll check your IP and only count your vote once. Of course, any internet user in China uses a service that scrambles IPs hundreds of times a minute to avoid the govt firewalls, so maybe that won't work.

    They're doing this because google's search capabilities are very limited when it comes to preference. Google excels at finding general facts, but is terrible at recommending a new car that you'd like. But your facebook account would be much better at it, and google knows this. They know that facebook contains a TON of data about what you like and are interested in, and that's advertising gold. Since FB and google pretty much hate each other, google needs another way to access (or build up) the same data.
  6. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    And of course we ?Techspot? just added the +1 button on our story pages. So you know feel free to '1-up' any story you like ;)
  7. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Hmm I dont want to do google any favours by pressing it.
  8. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    in short, no we don't want it
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    There has to be a slight smell of abuse here....but then i agree, Google will probably have some sort of system in place.

    I can't see IP tracking working due to the easy ways there are round that sort of thing.

    *+1 Clicked*
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,673   +988

    Personally I find these many buttons annoying, that's why we try to tone them down on TechSpot. That said, it's inevitable to have them when the competition are promoting themselves on all major social networks and now Google.
  11. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    I can vouch for Julio when he says he dislikes all these social widgets. But the truth is they can be very rewarding and here at TechSpot when we use them we try to position them in a way that is not annoying or obtrusive to the users.

    And by the way `+1ing` a story about `+1` is so meta :p haha
  12. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    "you must be signed into your Google Account"

    It must be a massive struggle the read the article ALL THE WAY THROUGH…
  13. NeoFryBoy

    NeoFryBoy TS Rookie Posts: 72

    "Click here to +1 this as [NAME] ()" Pretty good bot protection I'd say.
  14. I don't understand the purpose of this? Google already tracks what results you click and tie them to your search term, isn't that already a plus one in itself?
  15. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    People will make bots to create spam accounts and 1-up multiple sites. There's a reason techspot gets the odd user with the name a name like IG8R29IOK who tells us about an amazing new auction site in the worst possible English. People can make programs to make an account,1-up multiple sites and repeat.
  16. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    From what I understand +1 won't help any page ranking on Google, +1'ed links will only appear if you search for something and a friend has +1'ed a story related to your search.
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    For usage of just one feature I am not interested to create an Google account, so +1 is pretty much irrelevant for me. But then again, I don't have any account on Facecook so it doesn't matter anyway.
  18. r8bwp

    r8bwp TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +10

    If it helps improve my googles searches rather than getting crap that that i`m not after, i`m in! CLICK!
  19. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Surly then, thinking more about the words you put into Google will actually overcome the '+1' in the first place.

    I mean, I can't ever think of a big generic search i did where the page i wanted was so far back in Google that i'de never find it. It's looking more like -1 for the +1 now.
  20. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    @Princeton: It says you see what YOUR CONTACTS have bumped up.

    @Everyone else + Princeton: Is it THAT hard to read not using caps?

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