Google released their +1 feature and then very soon after released their social media product, Google+, which is commonly being called G+.
This has caused a little confusion for some people when trying to differentiate between G+ and +1.
I hate to compare Google+ and +1 to Facebook because with Google’s powerful search integration and the feature differences they’re not the same to me but it gives me a good way to explain the differences that are familiar to anyone who has used Facebook.
Google+ / Google Plus / G+ is a social network like Facebook is a social network. You have a profile, you can add people and share photos, status updates, etc.
+1 / Google +1 is similar to the Facebook “like” button that you click when you like something someone has posted and is often seen on websites, blogs, etc. Please note, this is not “subscribing” to anything as when you “like” a Facebook Page, it is only giving a +1 to the item you click on.
Thus, a very simplified explanation of G+ and +1:
G+ = social network
+1 = a way to show you like or endorse something
I began writing this and found myself wanting to go more in-depth in my explanation with Google’s new releases but that is not what this post is about so, if you want more information send me your Google account e-mail to my e-mail address below and I’ll send you an invitation to G+ (it’s still in beta) and you can check it out for yourself…
and, if you found this post helpful, you can give me a +1 !