Official: Google “Share” Experiment Sends Pages From Search To Google+

A Tweet this morning from @BerianReed, head of search marketing of AutoTrader UK,  uncovered some potentially deeper integration between Google Search and Google+.  Reed spotted a new option in the results that showed up next to the URL, a “Share” link.  Upon hitting the button, users are prompted to share directly to Google+ from the results pages.  The result is included as a link and users are given the ability to add a comment:

Surprisingly, users can share pages that they haven’t yet clicked through.  Currently users can only +1 a listing from the results page, something that is a much weaker sharing signal.

This image was taken from Google UK and we were unable to replicate the results ourselves.  Photo courtesy of @BerianReed.

Postscript by Barry Schwartz: Google’s Product Manager Sean Liu announced on Google+ later this afternoon that this is now official. He wrote:

Starting today, we’re rolling out a new experiment to show a Share link in Google search in place of the +1 button, making it easier for you to share a great website with your friends. Now when you click the Share link next to a result, you can add a comment about why you found it useful. You can then choose if you want to share it publicly or just to your Circles and it will post to your Google+ stream, making it easier for you to share directly from the search results page. This will appear for those searching in English.

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


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  • Travis Van Slooten

    Thanks for the head’s up on this feature. I just tested this here from Minneapolis searching for a total random keyword, “exterior painting tips,” and I was able to replicate this feature. Cool stuff.

    Travis Van Slooten

  • David Johnston

    I made an Android app last year that did the sane thing but from Bing SERPS. It called TwitterBing. ;)

  • Nathan Safran

    Don’t really see people using this much (you’re not really going to have much reason to share a page on a social network before you click through to it) but it’s another place for Google to tie their social network in…

  • Bryan SEO

    I don’t really see the benefits of this.  Why would people want to share something that they haven’t even read?

  • Tyler Herrick

    Perhaps if you read it on some other device, or when you weren’t logged in. I could see myself utilizing this if I found a really good article and they didn’t have integrated sharing within the site.

  • Leslie Vazquez

    a social network before you click through to it) but it’s another place for Google to tie their social network in.

  • robthespy

    Why don’t they just redirect the home page and all searches to G+?


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  • Mark Weaver

    I implemented this years ago, but only the Wayback Machine has it now.  Ahhh server costs

  • Mark Weaver

    Sometimes the results list answers your Search without clicking through.  Sharing that little globule of info can be useful in some contexts, as long as the share highlights the original Search Query and the summary text in context. Sometimes it might be done for a laugh

  • azephor

    If you want to share from any page here’s the bookmarklet:

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