Google +1 Button Chrome Extension Launched

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Google has launched a Chrome extension for the +1 button, so you can easily +1 any piece of content that you come across on the web, regardless of whether it not it has its own button readily available. The description for the extension says:

+1 button is shorthand for "this is pretty cool" or "you should check this out." Now you can +1 the pages you think are worth visiting no matter where you are on the web.

+1's can help your friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search. By installing the +1 extension, you can publicly +1 any page that you're visiting with one easy click.

You can manage your +1’s in a new tab on your Google profile ( You can show your +1’s tab to the world, or keep it private and just use it to personally manage the ever-expanding record of things you love around the web.

Please read our Google +1 Button Privacy Policy ( for basic information about +1 button functionality.


In addition to the practices described in the Google +1 Button Privacy Policy, by installing this extension, all of the pages and URLs you visit  will be sent to Google in order to retrieve +1 information. Examples of this information include whether you’ve previously +1’d the page and how many people have already +1’d the page. Google’s use of this information is described further in the following help center article (

By installing this extension, you agree to the Terms of Service at

Chrome Plus One Extension Installed

The +1 button is not only helpful for telling Google that a piece of content would be good in a set of search results for a relevant query. Thanks to recently added functionality, it also allows you to share content back to your Google+ circles, not unlike Facebook's "like" button and News Feed functionality. In other words, users have more of a reason to click it now. Unfortunately, this Circles-sharing functionality seems to be missing from the extension. Perhaps in an update that will be changed.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.