Why doesn’t Google have a Like button for websites a la FB? If it improved SEO, sites would adopt it en masse, plus it would reduce web spam – @cdixon jan 16
As you might guess from my older tweet, I think Google’s +1 button is a smart move and what I was hoping they would launch. The real power will come when sites embed +1 buttons prominently to get better organic search rankings. Yes, I realize users might prefer to share via FB vs Google and hence prefer FB Like buttons, but the countervailing force is that websites will have a greater incentive to get users to press +1 over Like. Think of it like retail, where — while it does matter which products consumers prefer — it also matter how much and which shelf space the store allocates to each the product. FB has an advantage with users (“consumers like the product more”), but Google has an advantage with websites (they’ll get better “shelf space”).