Google has announced the roll out of a new feature in platform preview, such that when users hover over a +1 button on a website, they will see recommendations for other related content on that site.
According to a post on the Google+ Developers Blog, users who navigate on a particular website and hover the mouse pointer at a +1 button will start to see recommendations
For example, if you go to the Chrome Web Store and find +1 recommendations on the Gmail app, you will not only see related content, but also recommendations from friends, says engineering manager Julie Farago in the post.
However, these recommendations will be of no use if they are irrelevant or untimely, so the search giant clarifies this by saying that “they will always refer to pages on the same domain or subdomain as the +1 button.”
Site owners who have already included the +1 button on their sites need not worry about a thing anymore, as recommendations will start to appear soon. All recommendations will work on all +1 buttons for all users, regardless if they have signed in on Google+ or not. This update will go live to all of a website’s users in the coming weeks.
For site owners or users who want to experience +1 recommendations beforehand, sign up for the developer preview group and provide your own feedback. The Google+ Developers team will be iterating quickly and will look forward to the testers’ feedback.
Which source of recommendations should we trust more: friends, strangers, or search engine algorithms?