There are Facebook share button and Twitter share buttons, is there one such button for Google+? The +1 button doesn't seem to be a Google+ share button, it just seems to be a social search recommendation.

  • I have not yet seen any "share on Google+" code out there, either to embed in a website or as a bookmarklet. There are several Chrome extensions that will do that, though. One I like is called "Surplus".
    – ale
    Aug 17, 2011 at 12:45

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The +1 button is now (or soon) set to allow for sharing on Google+.

Here's a quote from SilconFilter:

Starting today [August 24], though, the +1 button will finally become useful. Over the next few days, Google will roll out an updated version of the button that will allow users to use it to share content with their circles on Google+. The button will also automatically add text snippets and images from any page you want to share, similar to the feature Google introduced on Google Books earlier this month.

I'm in the preview program, so my account is already rolled out. I just used it and it works as advertised.

  • Yes I'm a part of the preview program too and it does work as advertised. Aug 25, 2011 at 5:06
  • Note: As of 11/7/2011, the Google Reader +1 icon doesn't make the +1 actual posts. It only puts the +1s into your Profile->+1's tab. (I think +1 icons placed by web site owners do create +1s as posts; though I haven't tested this.)
    – Mufasa
    Nov 7, 2011 at 15:42

Google +1 is equivalent to the Facebook and Twitter share buttons. When you click +1 on a post, it's the same thing as when you share a link through the other web services.

The thing you have to note is that it won't show if you're using the +1 from inside a post on a Google+ Circle. It will show if you click it from a website or Google search. That's the public/private distinction.

About the +1 button

Use the +1 button to publicly show what you like, agree with, or recommend on the web. The +1 button can appear in a variety of places, both on Google and on sites across the web

When you're logged into Google+ you'll see a tab labelled +1's. This collects those pages and such around the Internet where you've clicked that +1 button on.

You can share this tab with the public and its contents.

To change your tab settings to allow public viewing of your +1 items:

  1. Sign in to Google+
  2. Click the Profile icon at the top of the page
  3. Click Edit profile
  4. Click the tab you'd like to edit
  5. Choose the appropriate tab visibility setting
  6. Click Save.
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    but that doesn't show up on the main tab, I guess the buttons will start coming up once google releases an API for google plus Jul 9, 2011 at 9:15
  • The +1s don't show up on the main tab or the shared items doesn't show? @fre Jul 9, 2011 at 12:59
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    The +1s don't show up on the main tab Jul 10, 2011 at 8:11
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    There is an important distinction between Google+ and +1. This does not appear to be recognised in Eight Days' response, but has been noted by Nitigya. Google takes the blame for giving confusingly similar names to two services.
    – user12823
    Aug 17, 2011 at 8:13
  • This is no longer strictly true. You can now "share" from the +1 button.
    – ale
    Sep 21, 2011 at 13:05

The +1 button is not actually for sharing stuff on Google+. It is just like Facebook's 'Like' button but not the 'Share' button. The +1 button adds a sort of recommendation from you as a user, which helps in Google Search by showing up higher in search results especially when you and your friends are logged in to Google. I basically suggest that your friend has +1d it, so the search result may be relevant for you as well.

  • This is no longer true. You can now share what you've +1'd (assuming the site's code is up-to-date).
    – ale
    Sep 21, 2011 at 13:04

I found code for a Google+ Share button here: http://www.stateofsearch.com/share-on-google-plus-any-website/

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