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Google Adds +1 Recommendation Button to Android Market

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 3, 2011

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? 

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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