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Google Adds +1 Recommendation Button to Android Market

Steven Blum
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Google has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to successfully launching their own social networking apps (think Wave) but it's going all-out in marketing the +1 as an antidote to Facebook's "like" button.

The +1 button -- which you've probably seen popping up to the side of your search results -- is shorthand for "this is pretty cool" or "you should check this out." With +1 you can see which one of your friends recommends a certain link. The button now spans across Google-owned properties like Blogger, YouTube and Product Search as well as partners like Best Buy, Nordstrom, Reuters and Bloomberg.

The addition of the +1 button is meant to improve Android Market discovery. The market already exceeds 200,000 applications and averages 1 billion app downloads every 60 days (!) Now users will be able to see which apps their friends like. 

Would you be more willing to download something your friends downloaded? Are we all socially-wired to do such things? 

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  • Käpt'n Andreas V. Jun 3, 2011 Link

    Uh. I haven´t notice it until now.... maybe I should wear my glasses ;-)

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  • Steven Blum Jun 3, 2011 Link

    I know...I didn't notice the button either until after I'd read all these stories about it. All the bloggers are calling this Google's attack against Facebook, but i don't quite see it. Sure the "like" button has been integrated everywhere, but to really eat into Facebook's profits, they'll have to find some way of monetizing this, which I don't see how they'll do.

    Glasses or no glasses, I wonder if this button will catch on. :)

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  • GabeG4m3r Jun 3, 2011 Link

    I don't see the new intergrated "+1" button. Where is it located in the Android Market?

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  • Martin Krischik Jun 3, 2011 Link

    Well, 95% of us won't be seeing +1 as it is [USA only]. Ahh, you are right, this is the English blog, make it 75% ;-) .

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  • Steven Blum Jun 4, 2011 Link

    It's there, worldwide.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=net.hexage.evac.hd&feature=featured-apps

    check it out on the far right, above the "twitter" button.

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  • Martin Krischik Jun 5, 2011 Link

    Yep there it is. And you can even +1 your own apps ;-) .

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