Our web pages are already becoming crowded with sharing options: email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and more and more. Google’s late to the game with it’s new +1 button, but better late than never, I suppose.
So what is the +1 button? I’ll let Google describe it:
+1 is as simple on the rest of the web as it is on Google search. With a single click you can recommend that raincoat, news article or favorite sci-fi movie to friends, contacts and the rest of the world. The next time your connections search, they could see your +1’s directly in their search results, helping them find your recommendations when they’re most useful.
Some major media partners have started to use the button, and Google is adding it to its Blogger service. I noticed a few blogs with it today. Here’s what it looks like in action.
If you’d like to add the button to your site, Google’s got an easy-to-use wizard here.
At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll be adding it to my University’s pages. We’ve got decent sharing solutions in place, but if this +1 button starts to pick up some buzz, we’ll take another look at it.