Google's +1 button more popular than Twitter's tweet button

Google+ sure has had a groundswell of support since launching the project a few weeks ago. Everyone seems to want to try out the new service, and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has an account on the social media site. Now we learn from Mashable that the Google +1 button is already more common on websites than the Twitter “tweet” button. The report states that after analyzing the 10,000 largest websites, 450 of them had the +1 button compared to only 340 for Twitter. Facebook is still the dominant force in the market with 2,000 sites using some form of the “Like” button.

Currently the +1 buttons do not count as hits nor do they alter the weighting of searches on Google. According to SocialTechnology.com, that could change in the future. Jim Prosser, Google spokesman, said that, “we are not currently changing the ranking system but we’re excited to see what the data looks like going forward.” This falls in line with Google’s obvious strategy of making these slow and calculated changes. After the failures of Google Buzz and Wave, the company wants to make sure that they do things right this time.

Considering that Google+ is still in its infancy stages, it’s impressive that they’ve already taken over Twitter in terms of easily liking content on the Internet. While it remains to be seen how successful this latest entry into social media will be for Google, early signs show that the company may have a winner on their hands.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

The Witcher 2 dev team sued in part because of doing away with DRM

Next Story

Microsoft's back to school plan is being beaten by Apple's

49 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

More sites have the +1 button because it's the "new" thing. I bet more sites initially had a Twitter button too before they realized nobody used it and dropped it.

The real headline from the BrightEdge survey is that less than 5% of the top sites use these buttons. That tells me their usefulness is highly overrated. I imagine few site visitors ever use these buttons.

teusje said,
how much did google pay you for this?
G+ will fail al much as Wave did

Nothing, but if you know someone over there who liked it, tell them that they can feel free to send a few bucks my way!

wotsit said,
Wasn't the Google +1 button out way before Google+?

Ya probably just to make sure it works. U can't just roll all this stuff out in one big ass swoop.

Steven Hutchison said,

Ya probably just to make sure it works. U can't just roll all this stuff out in one big ass swoop.


It wasn't to make sure it works. The +1 button is a completely separate product to Google+.

Croy said,
Actually +1 button has everything to do with Google+. When someone with a Google+ account pushes that button it adds the respective content on his own profile under the +1's section. http://i.imgur.com/IWhRj.png (without google+, no +1 buttons would exist)

Oh, also check this if you want to know what this button is before you talk non-sense about it http://www.google.com/+1/button/

That's the the only use of the +1 button. It also has an impact on the overall ranking of search results.

m-p{3} said,

That's the the only use of the +1 button. It also has an impact on the overall ranking of search results.

From the article:

Jim Prosser, Google spokesman, said that, “we are not currently changing the ranking system but we're excited to see what the data looks like going forward.

Croy said,
Actually +1 button has everything to do with Google+. When someone with a Google+ account pushes that button it adds the respective content on his own profile under the +1's section. http://i.imgur.com/IWhRj.png (without google+, no +1 buttons would exist)

Oh, also check this if you want to know what this button is before you talk non-sense about it http://www.google.com/+1/button/


That isn't *everything* to do with Google+; that is *one* thing to do with Google+. The facts remain, the +1 button is a different thing to Google+, is a completely separate product to Google+, and was released before Google+. Of course they integrate the +1 product into the Google+ product. Most companies integrate their products with each other. Schmidt said the other day that we should look for them to integrate Google+ features with products like Gmail.

MFH said,
Is anyone else just annoyed by all these buttons?

ME !!!!!!!!
on some sites you see a bunch of +1, Like it, Tweet it, digg it, social it, add it.... I JUST hate this....

Also because to use the service you need to have an account, and I really don't see the benefit of seeing buttons for services I don't use, these buttons should become smart.

soooo .. 1 posts it on twitter for all your friends to see and the other is just a random +1 button.. A more fair comparison would be between facebooks button and this.. Except facebooks button can post it to your wall where as the other does nothing except increase the rank of the site

Lachlan said,
soooo .. 1 posts it on twitter for all your friends to see and the other is just a random +1 button.. A more fair comparison would be between facebooks button and this.. Except facebooks button can post it to your wall where as the other does nothing except increase the rank of the site

The +1 button does post to your Google+ stream, if you have one.
It also, as noted in the article, does not currently increase the pagerank of the site.

episode said,

The +1 button does post to your Google+ stream, if you have one.
It also, as noted in the article, does not currently increase the pagerank of the site.

Ya and since this one is a loser they dont have a google stream. Therefore there being a hater.

I use Twitter. I hate all things Google, so there's no way in Hades I'm using their crap service.

ScubaDog said,
I use Twitter. I hate all things Google, so there's no way in Hades I'm using their crap service.

Ya cause google is the only one who has shady practices. Oh twitter would never data mine OH NEVER EVER IT'S UNTHINKABLE. dip****.

its a better button, what else?
why?, it DOES not open a new freaking window
@neowin any eta on a + button? i cant + it atm

wiak said,
its a better button, what else?
why?, it DOES not open a new freaking window
@neowin any eta on a + button? i cant + it atm

wee we got a + button

YounGMessiah said,
Twitter just sucks, it needs to die lol.. Useless to this news, but hey who cares! haha

It sucks that you don't see the extreme potential of Twitter as an instant-news & social service.

Jarrichvdv said,

It sucks that you don't see the extreme potential of Twitter as an instant-news & social service.

Most of it is gossip news, I don't rely on social network websites for news

Some people appear to be confused. The +1 button has little to do with Google+. While it mentions Google+ for whatever reason, this article refers to Google's +1 button which is completely different to their social networking service. Anyone can use the +1 button; no invite is required.

I just put one on my website yesterday as well as a facebook like button. 11 people liked me so far all it is, is a web comic and some e-card development. Seems only 2 people +1'ed me... wahh..

How may they might have a winner on their hand when majority of people are sitting out here with no invite. The people that do have an invite should be bored with it because no one is hardly on it.

JSYOUNG571 said,
How may they might have a winner on their hand when majority of people are sitting out here with no invite. The people that do have an invite should be bored with it because no one is hardly on it.

The +1 button has little to do with Google+. While it mentions Google+ for whatever reason, this article refers to Google's +1 button which is completely different to their social networking service. Anyone can use the +1 button.

Calum said,

The +1 button has little to do with Google+. While it mentions Google+ for whatever reason, this article refers to Google's +1 button which is completely different to their social networking service. Anyone can use the +1 button.

I'm sure Google+ is the prime reason why the +1 button has received so many clicks lately - everyone on Google+ "liking" the content they see on the social network.

srprimeaux said,

I'm sure Google+ is the prime reason why the +1 button has received so many clicks lately - everyone on Google+ "liking" the content they see on the social network.


The only content that counts for that button is web pages. The +1 button within Google+ on posts and comments does not count toward the button clicks for the +1 button that this article is referring to. People may now be clicking the +1 button on web pages more due to Google+, but this article isn't even about button clicks; this article refers to actual websites that have implemented the button.

They may be on more websites but the Tweet button is actually used more, right? (Of course I didn't do a test or survey, I've just visited websites with both and +1 usually has 0-2 clicks as opposed to Twitter.)

KingCrimson said,
So why can't I get a Google+ access, I already have a Google account?

You need an invite. PM me the email you wanna use with the account and I can send you one!

KingCrimson said,
So why can't I get a Google+ access, I already have a Google account?

Google +1 is different from Google+: +1 is available for all while G+ is a social network.

andrewbares said,
I've never touched either haha. None of the sites I've visited have a +1 button though??

Its also on every link when you are logged in and do a google search.
It has little to do with Google+, really, as +1 has been around for a while. Only difference now is that when you +1 something, it shows up on your Google+ feed.

jeston said,

If only they'd get it working with the Darkside theme...

Yeah, I had to switch the color scheme to see it, otherwise it's not there..