Friday, April 15, 2011

Pre-seeding Google +1

A few days ago, I wrote a post about Google +1. I think it's a good concept. I had an exchange earlier this morning on a Buzz by Darren Rowse.

It's tough to know what will come of Google +1. Without a button for people to put on their websites, it really doesn't do much. It's difficult to +1 something you haven't seen yet. So, you'd have to click on the link, read the content, go back to the search result, and then +1. Not too efficient.

After doing this a few times, I remembered that Google has a setting on your search page that lets you open links in a new window. This makes clicking +1 much easier.

I've been searching for things I think people would prefer to see for search terms involved in what I do; then I +1 them. When the service rolls out completely, I'd like my friends to have my recommendations waiting for them.

I've run into the occasional +1 from other people. It will take some time before I start to see my searches coincide with searches by others.

You can sign up for Google +1 at http://www.google.com/experimental/index.html.


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