Google Plus +1 Button Now Lets You Share Video Content With Your Circles

Google Plus +1 Button Now Lets You Share Video Content With Your Circles

Google Plus +1 buttons have been popping up all over the web for the last several weeks--you might have noticed them here on ReelSEO. But up until today, the purpose and function of these buttons has been rather nebulous. What happens when you click +1? How is the "vote" used? We knew that it impacted the search results of your friends in some way, but that was about the extent of it. Today Google announced that they're rolling out the ability to share directly with your Circles from the +1 button.

Share To Circles With New Google Plus +1 Button

The Google Plus +1 buttons can now be used to share directly on your Stream, with whichever of your Circles you choose. Until now, the button hasn't translated directly to a sharing action with your Plus connections. Despite that fact, the button has been implemented by more than a million publishers and has "crossed more than 2 billion views."

The new capabilities should lead to even more publishers adding the button, as well as an increase in reader use. Users just need to click the +1 button as normal, and a new "Share On Google Plus" option appears.

There's also a new concept called +Snippets. +Snippets are the thumbnails and text samples that Google Plus pulls automatically from the links and pages on which you click +1. Here's a screenshot (from the Google blog) of what +Snippets looks like:

Google Plus +1 Button Now Lets You Share Video Content With Your Circles

To some degree, publishing sites can dictate the link, image, and descriptive text that appears in these +Snippets. The Google Webmaster blog has a more in-depth description on how publishers can take full advantage of the +1 button's new capabilities.

Video & The New Google Plus +1 Button

This is huge news for publishers of all kinds, because it makes something that was previously somewhere between mysterious and unnecessary to readers and makes it useful. But it's especially big for video creators. Why? Because all YouTube videos have the +1 sharing button below them.

Videos spread because of social sharing activity, and now the +1 button allows that activity. Video creators would be wise to implement the button on their blog or website, and even educate viewers to help encourage them to use it.

Here's a video Google created to help explain the new Google Plus +1 buttons:

The new +1 button functions will be rolling out this week, but if you can't wait and want to jump in early, you can join the Google Plus Platform group here.

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What do you think? ▼
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000233061016 Sandeep Patil

    ITS NICE... VERY NICE...... KEEEP IT UP.........

  • Georges Remy

    Go Google. You're the best of the best.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177363116 Mark Robertson

      WOOHOO it's about time.

  • Dipayan Das

    time of google +.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002162387134 Ramesh Mehra

    its best

  • Manish Paul

    gud

  • Kelly Meacham

    I HAVE ONE QUESTION IF GOOGLE PLUS IS SO OVER BOOKED WITH REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN INVITE, HOW COME I CAN GO TO E-BAY AND BUY 1? IT SEEMS TO ME THEY SHOULD MONITOR THIER ACCOUNTS AND REVOKE ANYONE SELLING INVITES THEN THERE WOULD BE A LOT MORE OF US WHO WANT TO ACCESS THIS PROGRAM BUT CANT BECAUSE OF "OVER BOOKING".

  • Maheen Abu

    gud

  • Christina Marita

    Absolutely cool feature. Thanks!

  • http://www.nickgregan.com Nick

    I'm really interested in this but I don't think I fully understand it. If I have the +1 button on my site do people click on it and recommend my site to others - a bit like a link?

    thanks for some great stuff.

    Nick

  • Peter Gault

    ReelSEO - good reporting. Way to keep us informed. Appreciate the info :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001191258625 Daniel Gutiérrez

    Like this article suggests, http://getrealplus1.com seems to be the best option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1645124831 Anthony Mischitelli

    check out my channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/edgeblade77

  • Peabody Wormsworth

    is there a way to provide a video within the snippet? If I paste a youtube or vimeo link into g+, the video is playable within g+ without going to the page. My page has vimeo and/or youtube embed content. Is it possible to have my page snippet include the actual playable video instead of just a thumbnail and link?
    Because facebook does this by default. Im just wondering if this is a known limitation of g+. Because I cant find any details from google directly about this limitation.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      Yes it seems to be. I've looked everywhere and tried multiple versions of code to get that to happen. It appears that they do it domain-specific, so unless you're YouTube or Vimeo, you're out of luck. You would think they would have documentation somewhere for sites other than Vimeo and YouTube but I was unable to find anything and so I'm thinking it's a manual thing at this point. If you learn otherwise, let me know and Ill do the same. Thanks.

  • Wildcherry

    We don't want it! Why on earth would anyone want to share a youtube comment on google plus? Stay out of youtube.