My client is asking for a Google+ share button alongside the Facebook, Twitter, etc. ones. I don't have a Google+ invitation yet, but it seems from screenshots that Google+ has the concept of sharing a page; however, I'm not getting very far with searches, which instead turn up information on the Google +1 button.

What's the situation? Is there a Google+ share button? Does it reuse the +1 button? Or the Google Buzz share button?

(As a subsidiary question, is there a sharer url? I'm not a fan of including dozens of external JavaScript files in nearly every page on the site).

  • @paulmorriss, thanks, but I've just received an invite from someone else so it's not necessary. Jul 26, 2011 at 11:03

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I find no sign of a Google+ share button in their help files. On Google+ itself there is a link "share" next to each post and a share button at the top of the page (which is now on Google reader too). I think your client is getting confused with the Google +1 button. It may be that there's one on the way, or it's available to a few beta testers, but it's not generally available.

  • @Ardesco suggested Google's +1 documentation in an edit to this answer (Ardesco: this would constitute a new answer to the question and you're welcome to post it for consideration)
    – danlefree
    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:04
  • @danlefree, thanks for the comment. I don't agree that it's worth posting as an answer, given that I link a very similar page in the question, unless he can point to some text which actually mentions Google+. Jul 26, 2011 at 10:17
  • @paulmorriss, I don't think my client has heard of the Google +1 button. I think the reasoning is more likely to be "Google+ is supposed to be the new Facebook; we have a Facebook share button; so we need a Google+ share button too." Jul 26, 2011 at 10:18
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    Sharing is really designed to share personal posts to members of your circles, for general stuff on the net the +1 button should be used.
    – Ardesco
    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:22
  • @Ardesco, do you have any reference for the existence or not of a button which third-party sites can use to allow users to create a Google+ post linking to that third-party site and choose which circles to share it with? I.e. an analogue of the Facebook Like button. Jul 26, 2011 at 13:45

At the time of selected answer on 26 July 2011, there was no way to accomplish this, but there is now. See my answer here Google +1 something via a URL

Yes, it is specifically possible now to create a Google+ post linking to a third-party site and save the URL for that site, and share with circles. All while on the third-party site.


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