Google Updates +1 Button To Make It 3X Quicker

Google has really been upping its social game recently, not only have they swiftly launched and improved Google+, they have also just rolled out an update to their Google +1 button. The +1 button which you may have noticed has made its way on to just about every web page, is now much faster.

Google’s +1 button is a response to Facebook’s “Like” button and it works by recommending web pages to your friends. It was introduced globally last month and is found with the tweet and share buttons on various pages. Google began rolling out the update Tuesday and it will make the +1 button 3 times faster than it is at the moment. The addition of the button is a good one as the more +1’s a page gets, the higher it will climb in rank, IB Times reports.

Google’s software engineer David Byttow announced the update in a blog post yesterday: “We’ve begun to roll out out a set of changes that will make the button render up to 3x faster on your site.” The update is automatic so it means you do not have to do anything at all, Google recommends you sit back and enjoy the faster loading button when the update comes around. Google recently put out an update to their Android app for the Google+ social network, as well launching another official one in Apple’s App Store.

According to Mashable, Google has brought in a new code that makes the +1 button quicker, via an asynchronous code snippet. The new code enables a web page to boot up with the +1 JavaScript code in parallel. The end product is a further boost in page load time, being available on the +1 configuration page. The blog post says that to implement the button which also makes pages load faster you must update the code to the new async snippet.

Google has had to perform a series of other other updates in the last few days, but these relate to people’s Google Plus accounts. Their policy on common names was inadvertently breached by some users and they had their profiles suspended and deleted. Google are trying to crack down on fake accounts and spamming so took the decision to remove legitimate accounts they suspected were phoneys. This controversial decision led to angry users who lost their accounts for no reason. Google quickly restored them and announced improvements were on the way. Will you benefit from the Google +1 button update? Tell us in the comments section.