As you may have heard, Google has launched the +1 button that can now be integrated to any web page. This new functionality that will allow Google profile owners to +1, share, and store their recommendations, referring what content they prefer and find most useful. Displayed publicly, +1 tool attempts to bring up more relevant search results and much likely it could have a significant impact on search rankings for websites.
And because this new button looks and seems to be acting so awesome, we've decided to try it in action and integrate it to TemplateMonster blog. It's active starting today, so you've probably already noticed this (in case you haven't - it's on the right). Go ahead and try to click it 🙂
Now back to this button. The +1 tab can appear both next to links on Google's search results or search ads title and directly on websites across the web. Though the button was initially embedded by a number of selected publishers, now the developer's code is made public and can be easily implemented by anyone. If you like to install the +1 button on your website, go ahead and check out the instructions from Mashable on how to add the +1 button to your WordPress site. Also, there's a document which is intended for webmasters and programmers who want to customize the +1 button for their website.
In case you're interested in digging deeper into this +1 thing, it is meant to stand for 'this is pretty cool' or 'you should check this out.' The button is now supported in 44 languages and renders at four heights: small (15px), medium (20px), standard (24px), and tall (65px). Here's actually a brief video demo of what Google +1 button is:
The +1 launch is sure to start some very engaging discussions. Now the question is what our audience think of this new thingy from Google. Is this new part of Google's social networking efforts meant to compete with Facebook's 'Like' button? Do you personally like or already use this functionality? How do you think it will shape the landscape of search and affect your future Google experiences? Please share your thoughts in the comments section to this post.