Google Plus is Removing Share Counts from the G+ Button on Websites
Why are they ripping away our social proof?

So it appears that Google is working on (or perhaps has already completed as I don't know they're timeline) removing the share count numbers from the plus one buttons that are placed on people's websites.

Many people view these plus one counts as very valuable as they provide a couple of useful tools for publishers. They provide a point of analysis to see which posts are popular on this social network. They also provide social proof for other visitors viewing the page which can certainly be a powerful psychological tool that can lend credibility to a post.

To the best of my understanding, this also means that third party apps that were using the buttons API endpoint to fetch share counts will no longer be able to do Social Warfare.

Anyways, those are just my initial thoughts on this issue. I'd love to hear what you think about this move. Is this a good thing or a bad thing and why?

I'm going to ping in a few folks who I'd especially enjoy hearing your thoughts. Feel free to ping in others who you believe are relevant to the conversation and would have something insightful to share.

+Mark Traphagen +Eli Fennell +David Kutcher +Christine DeGraff +David Amerland +Mike Elgan +Dustin W. Stout +Jason T. Wiser

#GooglePlus #PlusOnes #ShareCounts #SocialProof
Making the G+1 button load more quickly

The G+1 button is shown billions of times per day on web pages around the world, so it’s important that it load as quickly and efficiently as possible. To make it easier for people to load and share the pages they’re interested in, we’ve created a simpler G+1 button sharing experience.

Beginning in a few weeks, clicking the +1 button will open a streamlined new Google+ sharing dialog, and the G+1 button will no longer display a +1 count. If you’re a publisher, you can rest assured that these +1s do not affect search ranking and the size and layout of the button will remain the same.

These changes will only affect the G+1 button outside of Google+. The +1 button within Google+ will continue to work the same way it always has.

If you’d like to view all of the pages you’ve +1’d over the years, you can download a list using Google Takeout.

We hope this change makes it that much easier to check out and recommend all the interesting things you discover!

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