Do you +1? That is the question that came in an email this morning. Of course I had heard of Google’s new software and have seen it referred to as Google Plus, +1, or Google+. Google itself seems to prefer Google+ although they do sometimes say Google Plus on their website and their buttons all say +1. I have read that Google sees Plus as a challenge to Facebook but looking at the site I don’t see that really happening too much yet. In any case I had to admit that no, I did not +1 yet so, postponing my to-do list, set off to do some research.
A while later I concluded that Google’s +1 was something worth trying and set about figuring out how to integrate it to this website and me personally. It turned out to be a very easy process to sign up and to also add the +1 button to posts on this site. The Google Plus concept is sort of a combination of Digg and StumbleUpon, (where you tag interesting things that you find on-line), and Twitter and Facebook, (where you add friends and follow others). In addition you can create a profile and add people to your “circle”. Because I just created my Google+ profile, my circle is very lonely right now but hopefully that will change as people (you?) use the +1 button seen just after my post signature.
I am not sure how this latest experiment will pan out. Because of the many similarities to Twitter and Facebook, there may be reluctance on the part of some to sign up. I think the +1 button has a lot of potential, though and could easily replace Digg and StumbleUpon as the tool to have to discover interesting pages on the vast expanse of the internet. The +1 button also integrates automatically in Google Analytics so you can see the stats about who clicked the button on your website and then visit the sites they publish on or visit. It seems to have value not only for web publishers, but for web surfers. Only time will tell if it can stand up to the well-established sites already doing something similar.
As of now you will find the Google Plus button on all my single post pages. Feel free to sign up for Google Plus and click away.