Thursday, March 31, 2011

Google +1 Button similar to Facebook's Like button

Google is introducing a whole new feature that might just rival Facebook's web-ubiquitous Like button. It is called the +1 Button. Similar to Facebook's Like button, the +1 button will soon be found in a lot of places. Just clicking it will mean that you 'suggest' that the page was useful. It will be public, so your friends, family and the world will be able to see it.

Hit the break to know all about it.
To me, this concept seems pretty interesting. In the beginning, the +1 Button will be found in Google searches. You can +1 a site (yes, it's used as a verb too), to say to the world that you found it useful. Soon, websites will be putting these on their websites.

Your Google Profile will show a list of all the stuff that you have +1'd in a new tab. To learn all the details about how +1 will work, you can watch this short video:

For now, the Google +1 Button is available as an experimental feature that you can enable for search. Google has more info about this right here.

Will this be a killer for the Facebook's Like button? It's hard to say. I believe that both will co-exist. The Like button is too well established. Is Google getting into the social networking business slowly? That, time will tell. And I believe that they are making the web their platform for social networking. The social elements in Google services come gradually, deeply integrated into the currently present features. Google won't be a full-on, traditional social network, but it will simply transform the web so it becomes social.

Josh Constine of Inside Facebook talks about this in his article.

UPDATE: Forgot to include link to the article on the Official Google Blog.

By the way, what do you think about this new feature? Will it survive? Will you use it? Write in the comments.