With so many ways to socialize online, there’s no excuse for being a digital hermit these days. Facebook now offers the ability to follow feeds, Twitter’s still cranking out the tweets and instant messaging just keeps on keeping on. Now that Google+ has made the move from invite-only exclusivity to being a social media network that anyone can join, the time seems right to declare Google +1 Button our extension of the week.
In a sea of third-party Google+ extension options, Google +1 Button for Chrome is unique in the fact that it was cooked up by the web-minded folks from Mountain View. Once downloaded and installed to your browser, Google +1 Button is good to go, as chances are, you’ll have signed into the Chrome Web Store with the same account as you rock Google+ with. In the off chance that your primary account isn’t linked to Google+ (individuals with a Google Apps account, for example), the extension will demand that you sign into a Google+ account before it can be used for the first time. Once you’re good to go, giving a +1 to any page you frequent is as simple as clicking a button in your browser's navigation bar.
In addition to allowing you to voice your approval for a page, the extension also shows how many other users have given a thumbs up to the site you’re viewing. Best of all, should any site you’ve given a +1 to fall out of your good graces, rescinding approval is as easy as pushing the same button you used to hand it out in the first place.
Be sure to check back every Thursday for another edition of Maximum PC’s Browser Extension of the Week.