Google’s +1 Button Gets More Social with ‘Friend Annotations’

Google’s just added friend annotations to its +1 button, the Developer Advocate for the Google+ project Timothy Jordan said in a post on the Google+ Platform.

Google is making the +1 button more social with the addition of friend annotations. Photo: Google

Google’s just added friend annotations to its +1 button, the Developer Advocate for the Google+ project Timothy Jordan said in a post on the Google+ Platform. The new feature lets you see recommendations from your friends in the results page. For example, when your site visitors hover over the +1 button, they can now see a list of contacts that’ve already +1’d the page.

“You may have already noticed faces and names when you hover over a +1 button,” Google Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan said in a post on the Google+ Platform preview. “This change rolled out late last week. Now, you can make these recommendations even more visible to your users. Simply update the +1 button code, and an inline annotation will show next to the button.”

Google has also unveiled new code for the +1 button that will display the faces and names of friends that have used the +1 button. This feature works much like how the Facebook Like button appears for TheBlogIsMine’s stories, displaying how many people have +1′d the page and which friends have +1′d it.

This particular change was introduced late last week, and the main idea of this change would be to make recommendations all the more visible to users. All that needed to be done was to update the +1 button code, where an inline annotation will appear next to the button.

These are some simple changes that Google has made to its +1 button. Though most of the websites have started using the +1 button, it would take more time and efforts for Google’s +1 button to compete with Facebook’s ‘Like’ button, which has become standard on millions of websites across the world. [via Mashable, Tech Shout and Ubergizmo]

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