In order to hit the ground “+1ing” you need to do three things:
1. Be logged into your Google account
2. Have a Google profile that is “somewhat” public (at least your name) because all others will be automatically removed by Google on July 31, 2011.
3. Find a site and click +1, for your convenience there is one above. Once you have +1d for the first time, the +1 option will begin showing up in your search results.
The +1 button allows users to get recommendations from those in their Google networks (Gmail contacts, Gchat buddies, those followed in reader, etc..) while actively counting the number of +1s a website receives. The +1 button will be displayed in Google search results pages and will be personalized if you’re logged into your Google account, showing what friends have +1d a page. Here is what personal recommendations look like in the search results when logged in:
By Emily Thompson, Online Marketing Consultant