It is literally stupid. Google just recently launched an updated version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer users.
It comes with a stupid new bar that appears at the bottom named Google Related.
But they forgot to add a +1 button to the toolbar.
This would have made it extremely easy for Internet Explorer users to give a +1 to any web page. Currently we have to rely on the search result pages or an embedded button.
There are unofficial extensions available for different browsers. Google however has not cared to launch their own official ones.
I write this annoying blog post stating some stuff that is being annoying me for a while. Google has announced some new features on their services that were to be delivered to us but I am yet to get them…
First of them? The new Blogger dashboard. It still has not arrived on my Blogger in Draft account.
Second of them? Gmail People Widget! It was supposed to be out for all by now. Not in my account.
There is some more stuff that is much awaited from Google…
Google Chrome 12 has been launched. This edition no longer includes the Gears technology and that means Gmail loses offline support. Google promised to deliver HTML5 powered Offline Gmail by summer this year. They should have launched it along with the release of Chrome 12. But it is not clear when offline Gmail would finally arrive.
Official browser extensions for the Google +1 functionality.
A good response to Apple iCloud. They could certainly offer some more goodies to the owners of Android based devices like increased storage on Google Picasa Web?
Some surprises… Google delivered the new Google Music app to my Nexus S today. It has support for the Google Music service which is funnily enough not available in India. Google also delivered Google Books as an update when I did not even have the app installed on my phone. I wonder what is happening at the company. Things that were announced are not being launched. And weird things are happening otherwise.
Update: Google +1 Button has launched. Click +1 above to +1 this post! DUH.
Starting tomorrow, you are likely to see a new shiny button on pretty much every webpage you visit.
Google is expected to launch their Google +1 button for web publishers later today. Google +1 is used as a major criterion for ranking on people who are connected to you.
This feature alone makes it a must have button on your webpages. Your link could have hundreds of tweets or Facebook Likes but in the longer run, you had like your web pages to rank better on Google search result pages.
I like Google +1 over the Twitter and Facebook sharing buttons for a simple reason… You can use it without worrying about bothering your friends and followers. Any link you +1 is going to be added to a list visible only to you on your Google profile. But it would not be pushed to your friends.
Sharing links on Facebook and Twitter could become annoying for your contacts. Share too many in a short duration and you are likely to get bombarded with complaints. Google +1 does not have that problem. It works as a passive recommendation tool. Your friends would get your +1 links in priority on their web searches. This is pretty cool.
I still wait for Google to launch their share button for the +1 functionality. In any case, it is not going to change a lot. SEO and Social Media guys would be the most interested in it (like me).
Google should have considered adding a -1 option as well. Something we have come to like on services like Reddit.
Of course, Google gives us the capability to hide complete domains from their search results, but a -1 would have been much better. Just indicate that the page does not give information it seems to provide on the search result page. Would have come handy as well.
Google has just announced their +1 project which would become an integral part of their search results in the coming months.
You can start using it right away by adding it as an experiment on your account.
The links you +1 on Google search results would be highlighted for you and your social connections.
This is just the latest of the services that Google Search would highlight. It already highlights the results you bookmark using the Google Bookmarks service. It also highlights the results you share on Twitter and Google Buzz. There are reports that Google also highlights the results that are bookmarked on your Chrome installation. Update: I forgot to mention Google Sidewiki which is also there to highlight web pages on the web.
+1 would add on to the share buttons that are already massively popular on the web. Any web publisher needs at least two… one for Facebook and another for Twitter. Google Buzz already has a share button. I guess, anyone using a Buzz button would replace it with the +1 button that would soon be available.