Google is now showing the Google +1 counts for logged out users. When the Google +1 feature launched in March, searchers were only able to see who in their Google network +1′ed a search result. Now, if you search while logged out, Google will show you the total +1 count for some search results. This may help Google promote the Google +1 feature and encourage additional users to try it.
Search Engine Watch spotted the change earlier. Google has since confirmed to us that it is new and showing to all signed-out users. “We’re now showing aggregate +1 annotations for signed-out users in search,” a spokesperson said.
Google +1 In Search Results While Signed-Out
Here is a screen shot of Google displaying the +1 count for searchers who are not logged in.
Google does not display the +1 count for all web page listings. For example, you’ll see them in searches for Google properties such as Google Maps, YouTube and others. They also appear for some non-Google sites such as Facebook and Twitter:
It’s unclear why they don’t show for all sites.
Google +1 In Search Results While Signed-In
How does this differ for searchers who are signed in? When signed in, you’ll see who in your Google +1 social network who have +1′d a results. Here is an example:
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