chrisv1963 - 10:12 am on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
just added to to our sites next to the facebook like. hmmm i too feel blackmailed into doing it, but i don't think one can afford not to
Are you sure?
I don't think that Google will penalize sites that don't add the +1.
If you do add the +1 and it doesn't get clicks, then that would be another story.
Also, doesn't the fact that you add the +1 tell Google that you are SEOing your site? I believe that one of the elements of Panda was that Google was giving better rankings to sites that were clearly not SEOed.