Nearly a year after Facebook Like buttons spread out across the web, Google has announced its own rival, the +1 button. It launches yesterday as part of Google’s search engine, allowing you to “+1″ the search results and ads that you like. And in a few months, it’ll be arriving at a web site near you.
Is +1 (pronounced “Plus One”) part of the new social network that Google’s long been rumored to be building? Or is +1 simply that “social layer” that Google has said would come and isn’t really meant as a rival to Facebook?
Come along - let’s see how it works now, where it might go, and we’ll get into the bigger picture stuff at the end.
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Read also "Interview with Google: What +1 means for advertisers" at TheNextWeb, and "Google’s +1 A Potential Boon To Paid Search Marketers" at Search Engine Land