Another +1 perspective
What’s interesting about this announcement is that +1 could eventually alter search results (if you are logged out). So the more +1′s a piece of content or product has, the higher the search result for that page. It would be another signal social data is a key strategy for Google going forward and we heard back in March, that Google envisions +1 data influencing search results across the board. With more publishers and ecommerce sites signed up, Google has way more social data to possibly use in search.
At the moment, the article also displays
I.e., there’s a gap where the +1 button and count are supposed to be. When I refreshed the page, I saw
The examples above are from IE9; in Chrome, I saw
And in Firefox 4.0
Actual results may vary…