and OP if you that paranoid, why are you using Google Analytics
My rule of thumb is that if a user logs in, there are *no* third party buttons or analytics on the site. Since I am always logged in and many of my members across sites are logged in, Analytics and Adsense are not present.
I'm not paranoid either. Google has publicly stated that their usage and collection of data should approach "the creepy line and not cross it". Since that was quite a while ago, I think they HAVE crossed that line.
But my point still stands, and Leosghost has really expanded on my own opinion and question as to why G+ even exists here.
The question from the OP was why is the Google+ script there at all?
Anyone at WebmasterWorld have an answer?
That's exactly what my question was.
Do the supporters' forums have the +1 button?
I think all of us can safely say that it's there so people can share links ;)
I disagree that we can safely say anything. Google Plus is very much a ghost town, though maybe Leo's Ghost lives there (who knows ;)). If it was really to share links, why G+ and not Facebook? Perspective: I have 308 real friends on Facebook, compared to ONE on Google Plus.