This week Google announced a new recommendation tool called +1 which enables users to flag up favourite search results.
Over on Poynter Damon Kiesow looks at the “significant impact” this could have on the way publishers work to draw in visitors online.
For publishers, the result is that pages given a +1 by readers will appear more prominently in Google searches, and will be highlighted as recommendations by friends within the reader’s social network. That network only extends to Google products currently, but it is expected to include Twitter and other services in the future.
And in time publishers themselves will be able to put the +1 buttons on their own web pages, Kiesow adds.
When that does happen, it has the potential to swing the balance of power in the traffic referral battles back toward Google. In the past year, the search giant has seen Facebook increase its influence as a source of web traffic.