How fantastic! I noticed a short while ago that the forum post box suddenly looked wider, and the page looked wider (as had been promised a little while ago). Oh boy, I can't wait!
HP just keeps getting better and better. The facebook button did wonders for us. I expect even more from the +1 button.
Me too! I am going to have to be careful about using it, though. I am concerned that over-zealousness in plus-one-ing (? ) could be detrimental. But I definitely plan to use it in what I believe to be a judicious manner.
I'm very excited about this; thanks for pointing it out!
I wonder what other Easter Eggs are out there.
Great news.But, I am not sure if any organic user is ever going to use that plus button.
We will certainly find out soon enough.
I think they're going to be careful about it, because as a "natural" Hubber and searcher I know I will be. It's rare that I find anything that meets my "bar" of a "Plus One" in searches. I find stuff that's fine, but it doesn't "move"/"impress" me to the point where I'd plus-one it. It has to be better than "fine" to me.
Well, in my Google Plus account, to give you an idea of how picky I am (although I don't go around searching all that often), I have, I think, two or three Plus one's that I've done. (I've done others before the account was set up, though, but I had the same standard before too.)
We've already heard that Google will essentially be assigning "weight" to people's plus-one's. I don't know if their system will "assume" I'm just not very active on the Internet, of if it will "assume" I have a really high bar for what deserves the plus-one. I can't worry about it. At least the system won't think I'm "up to something funny" (at least when it comes to that). That's all I really care about.
I saw something where someone asked about buying plus-one's. I suppose, as always, it was that "the-Internet-is-a-business" thing, and that one can always buy his way into doing better in business and in life. That's true sometimes, but there's a point where people have to know where to draw the line before they make themselves look really questionable to a whole lot of other people (and businesses).
Personally, I don't think now is the time for people to get the "bad graces" of Google (if they care about their own "business" ) But, buying's going to go on.
As far as organic visitors on HubPages goes, I can see how it may take a really great Hub to make one even think about plus-one-ing it, but I think a really satisfied "customer" may well go looking for ways to indicate it (especially in the plus-one environment that a lot of people have been used to for awhile now).
I do not remember that border being around our hubs before...
Pages looks nice and cleaner, and the +1 button is a pleasant surprise.
So how does it really work?
I don't know how it works really, either! does a +1 bring more traffic somehow through Google?
Yes, the Google +1 button has been installed on Hubs. Please read the announcement explaining it a bit more:
Jason just opened a sticky thread with a caution about this.
+1 is similar to a FB Like. It is possible for people to see who has +1'd an article or another post. I'm not clear yet whether someone has to have a Google-Plus account in order to +1 something.
EDIT - I cross-posted.
I'm still not clear, though, about how +1 works - how does it bring more traffic? do people really look to see which sites have the most +1s? I see when someone likes things on facebook and sometimes go see what my friends like, but how does it work on google? And since google will know if it is other hubbers +1 ing our hubs, and since most of my traffic is hubbers and facebook friends and google wants the +1s to come from people who don't know me, is it going to do me a bit of good, really? remains to be seen, hope so! where does that increased traffic from +1s come from, is what I'm getting at. Can somebody explain?
We're talking about Google here, so we really don't know. (They tend to be cryptic about these sorts of things)
Currently, +1ing something will simply show on your public Google profile that you like it. It doesn't seem to be integrated into Google+, Google's social network, just yet.
Because Google is showing +1 numbers in Analytics and Webmaster Tools, they seem to be hinting that it could have some sort of impact on search rankings. However, it will probably not be a matter of the higher the number of +1s, the better your rankings. If you +1 all your Hubs in order to boost their ranking, you might find that that sort of strategy will backfire.
I would guess that +1s from people who don't know you are probably the most valuable, since if Google is able to see that, then they'll know that the +1s are not self-serving or from friends just doing you a favor.
This may not answer the questions-- but this is the tread that talks about it.
Don't click it for yourself or for other hubbers.
One thing that I read in an article about Post Rank was very illuminating. That is, the big G knows what sort of articles and posts any individual has +1'ed, as well as which other posters have +1'ed that individual's articles and posts.
If I, for example, do a lot of spammy or silly +1-ing all over the web, then the value of my +1's will decrease. If I tend to use the +1 button for content that is valued highly by "experts" and the people who follow them, then the value of my +1 will increase. And, I assume that G will keep track of how often we add +1's, relative to all of our other activity. So it could possibly even be detrimental if we do a great deal of +1-ing of high-quality content - that is, more than we normally would do.
With respect to Google wanting to gather more and more information about individuals, I'm sure they will use +1 activity to shove even more supposedly "targeted" advertising down people's throats and skew search results even further towards unwanted "personalisation".
That is one reason why I will never +1 anything any more. I've tagged two items so far, but the more I think about it, the less I like it.
We think alike on this.
In my case I even find ads. following me from site to site irritating, and have come to assume that in the way a store gives you a points card so that it can track your purchases and target you, Google is also gathering info on us, but for what purpose? I guess it will all make sense to me one day.
As far as I know, I have the two/three Plus One's I have under that category on that account is not seen by the public. I set it to "private". I've been assuming that means that Google "sees" what my "vote" has been for (or could if it were inclined to look), but the public doesn't. Maybe my vote doesn't count if only Google's system has access to it? If it doesn't that's fine. It's staying private for my own reasons (at least for now).
My "thing" is: "Here's the profile if anybody wants to know who/what I am within the context of what I write online." I don't mind letting readers/potential readers/Google know who/where the writing comes from. Other than that, that's as involved as I plan to get with the Google+ account, and that's as public as anything is going to get.
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