tangor - 7:13 pm on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
+1 just seems to be another way for Google to get info from WEBMASTERS, not just "likes"... You have to install phone home code and that gives them more... data.
With so many dropping adsense and adwords (or having been banned or simply "out of biz" since Panda... how else is G going to get data?
From the +1 Button Policy:
Google may analyze Publishers' use of the +1 Button, including to ensure Publishers’ compliance with these policies and to facilitate Google’s development of the +1 Button. By using the +1 Button, Publishers give Google permission to utilize an automated software program (often called a "web crawler") to retrieve and analyze websites associated with the +1 Button.
Not interested in adding any more JS from third parties to slow down my site, nor do I have to worry about folks running NoScript or JS turned off (worry in that regard would be not getting reporting information at GWT). I just prefer to run a clean, fast site and concentrate on the site content and the user experience.