Google’s focus on all things “social” has been steadily increasing in recent months. Google now places greater importance on the information that is shared via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and is incorporating that popularity into the search results it provides.
Taking that “popularity” idea one step further, Google has now created its own way to learn about what internet users like and want to read: Enter the new “+1 button“.
Google describes its +1 button as “shorthand for ‘this is pretty cool’.” Those who click to rate a site or page as a +1 are essentially tagging it so their friends and contacts can know that they have found that site or page to be useful.
How Can I Add a +1 Button to my Site?
Google introduced this new “favorites” button in March but more recently made it available for others across the internet. Â You may have already noticed it among the collection ofÂ social sharing and social bookmarking buttons on sites like Mashable.
Both WordPress.org and Blogger users can now easily add it to their sites, too.
To learn how to add the +1 button to a Blogger blog, check out the step-by-step tutorial on Blogger Buzz.
WordPress users canÂ search within Plugins to easily find and add it.
How do I Use the Google +1 Button?
Let’s just say you finish reading this particular post and think it’s pretty valuable, so you click the +1 button. If you already have a Google profile, you’ll see a confirmation message box that looks like this:
And if you have yet to create your Google Profile, you’ll be asked to in order to confirm your +1 action.
The advent of the Google +1 button marks a huge stride in social media and search engine optimization. Look for a continued focus on social media in the marketplace in the coming months.
Have you been marking websites as your +1 favorites? What is your preferred social bookmarking site?