Confirmed: Google Showing Google +1 Counts To Logged Out Users

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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  • http://keithbrown.com Keith Brown

    Would be interesting to see some SERP studies, and if people actually gravitated towards sites with more +1′s. Probably won’t be as noticeable as the difference between CTR on video vs. text. Definitely means consumer experience, social, and SEO get more tightly connected once again.

  • Manoj Pallai

    Yes, It’s happen until clear cookies..

  • http://www.deadzones.com D.Z.

    No +1 on your site yet?

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my Kent

    Do those +1 as a search engine factor yet?

  • http://www.gamerstube.com Joe Youngblood

    If they arn’t a ranking factor, they do take up an extra line of real estate in the SERPs

    here are some brands that do or do not have +1′s

    DO:
    facebook.com
    google.com
    twitter.com
    mashable.com
    youtube.com

    DO NOT:
    google.co.uk
    ebay.com
    myspace.com
    linkedin.com
    wikipedia.org
    wordpress.com
    blogger.com
    bing.com
    yahoo.com
    live.com
    baidu.com
    qq.com
    microsoft.com
    paypal.com
    amazon.com
    craigslist.com
    apple.com
    imdb.com
    bbc.com
    cnn.com
    go.com
    tumblr.com

    and youtube only has 1,512 +1′s likely the size of Google’s staff dedicated to the video giant? :p

  • http://www.gamerstube.com Joe Youngblood

    what i find even more odd about that group up there is that only one of those websites seems to have the google plus one code installed. i dont see it when i check source for google, facebook, twitter or youtube but the code is on mashable.com

  • http://www.bestsoftwareindex.com S.I.

    It will be interesting if someone can come up with a top 10 list showing the top 10 websites with the most google +1.

  • http://docsheldon.com Doc Sheldon

    Strange, that when I check Google for the sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, I’m not shown the # of +1s received for any of them. Perhaps it not yet rolled out on all their centers?

  • Mahesh Malusare

    Yes it is but only when you logged out and did not closed the search results browser window. If you close the window and search in new window you cannot see the +1.

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