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Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
What strikes me is that, as with Facebook's "like", there's no -1 or "dislike" button. You can only provide positive feedback, not negative. I miss that -1 quite a few times actually, why don't they implement that as well?
Some readers might have also liked to see a "+1 in lore" section in the response. The +1 "thingamajig" didn't start out life as a Google widget. It's a convention that people have been using in online forums for some time. A person will type +1 in their post if they are adding themselves as yet another person who agrees with or votes for the thing being discussed in the thread. It kind of functions like a "thumbs up" smiley/emoticon, which is another way of giving affirmation to someone's suggestion or comment. Google is just taking it a step further. And they'll probably try to patent the idea as if it was theirs.
Google is not in the philanthropy business. I suspect the real purpose of +1 is to gather info for directed advertisers. Google then becomes more effective for the advertiser and can maintain or increase the rate.
I think Google is trying to gain a share of the social media market-specifically Facebook's market. If they wanted to improve search results they could put a like/dislike button on the search results, so they could eliminate the link farms that come up. (didn't they try that once?)
I will resist the "+1" deal for the same reason I resist and don't use Chrome, Google payments and Picasa. I use Gmail and Google Reader and they already know enough about me. Facebook knows a lot, as does Amazon where I am a Prime member.
It really still makes no sense to me. When I send text messages or I have incoming calls, they both will have a +1. I still dont understand what it means ???
If you mean +1 on a cell phone text message or phone call, the +1 refers to the country code: +1 for the US and Canada, +7 for Russia etc.
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