Google Meets Miss Manners, Encourages Searchers To Thank Those Who +1′d Content

DEAR MISS GOOGLE: When I searched for something using your service, I found a friend had +1′d one of the of listings. What should one do in this case? GENTLE SEARCHER: It’s always polite in these situations to thank your kind friend. In fact, I’ve added a new “Thank” feature allowing you to do exactly this, though Google+.

Yes, a new Google+ feature has been spotted in the wild that further blends organic results with social  information.  Early today State of Search and charliesaidthat noticed a thank you link on an organic listing next to the Google+ users who +1′d a result.

When logged in as a Google+ user, various editors here could see this functionality appearing sporadically on a range of search terms.  In order for the “Thank” link to show, the link in the results had to be +1′d from a circled user.   This functionality is currently only showing intermittently at the moment.  A Google rep did not comment further on this feature when asked for more information.

If a searcher did choose to thank someone for the +1, they were prompted to thank directly on Google+.  The message automatically contains the original +1er on the post:

This limited visibility post is shown directly on the wall of the user who is doing the thanking.  If you are looking to keep your appreciation of the +1 private, just make sure you don’t add in any other circles to the message:

Bas van den Beld performed a search related to the specific thank you post and found that some users were downright purplexed about the new communication:

So don’t be surprised next time you’re thanked for a +1 on your wall.  We will continue to follow up on this feature and any official announcements.
Image credits: State of Search, CharlieSaidThat

Postscript: Google sent us the following statement:

Just like you would thank a friend in person for giving you a helpful recommendation, now if a friend’s +1 helped you find what you were looking for while searching on Google, you can immediately thank him or her by clicking the “Thanks” link right in your search results and writing a quick message. When your friend signs in to Google+, your thanks will appear in his or her stream. We’re continuing to try out new ways you can interact with the people you care about right on the results page.

Related Topics: Channel: Social | Google | Google: +1 | Google: Google+ | Top News


About The Author: is the Chief Marketing Officer for Cypress North, a company that specializes in social media and search marketing services and web-based application development. He has been in the Internet marketing industry for 6+ years and specializes in Social Media Marketing. You can also find Greg on Twitter (@gregfinn) or LinkedIn.

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  • davep

    Rumor has it this stemmed from an internal conversation where one employee said to another “thank f**k somebody outside Google is finally using it – we should do something!”.

  • jhuman

    I think its a neat way to keep the circles alive through interaction. Pretty soon, you’ll have a massive amount of data that will show the inverse relationships within posts.

  • Paul Walsh

    All these little angles are going to make it more compelling for for companies to use Google+.

    When I have as many connections in my circles as I do in LinkedIn, this will help reinforce ones brand to all the potential clients you are connected with.

  • Chas

    Next; Welcome link, followed by High Five, and then, of course the ‘Hang Loose’ link- my favorite; can’t wait for that one to come out. I am glad to see the Google employees have grown tired of playing Foosball and instead are focusing on developing these incredibly useful and productive applications.

  • raphnexx

    The privacy is an issue here.I think they(Google people ) should do something about it.

  • TDD

    Every Social site including Google + should really think about privacy of costumers and make the navigation around Google+ easier!

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