Google’s +1 buttons have only been around for a few short weeks but according to recent studies, they are already more used than tweet buttons on major websites. The 10,000 largest websites on the internet were recently analyzed by BrightEdge and it was discovered that there was more than a 30% rise in the placement of Google’s +1 buttons on those websites which is nearly a 4% rise in June.
Both Twitter and Google’s buttons still lag behind Facebook’s “Like” button for the time being. The Facebook “Like” button is widely used across the web. In fact, 20% of the 10,000 sites analyzed featured the “Like” Button on their home pages.
Considering the fact that Google+ is the proverbial ‘new kid on the block’ as far as social networking sites go, having the buttons show up so quickly on the web’s top sites shows clearly that Google+ will be able to compete with Facebook. And, considering that Twitter has been around for several years and is wildly popular, Google+ is set to give Twitter a real run for its money in terms of the number of users who will be joining Google+ during the coming weeks, months and years.
Some online marketing and researchers in the industry may attribute this rapid popularity of Google+ as mostly hype and buzz and that it remains to be seen how well it does when it’s released to the mainstream social media audience. If the new contender doesn’t offer at least the equivalent appeal of Facebook and Twitter, professionals and private usrs may not jump in just yet.