We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,821 News Articles

Google speeds up +1 button rendering

The +1 button will load faster and in parallel

Google has improved its +1 button to make it load and perform faster on Web pages that feature it.

The +1 button, which lets website visitors indicate they liked an article, photo or another type of content, and share it with their social media contacts, will get displayed up to three times faster than before, Google said in a blog post.

Google itself is rolling out the enhancements that trigger the faster rendering of the +1 button, and webmasters of third-party websites don't need to do anything on their end, the company said.

Google is also launching a new asynchronous snippet that lets the +1 button load its Javascript in parallel to the rest of a Web page's content, so that its rendering doesn't take up any extra time.

This improvement does require external webmasters to download an upgraded snippet using the +1 button's configuration tool.

The +1 button's performance enhancements are part of Google's overall effort to make its applications and online services as fast as possible, both on its own sites and on partner sites.

Google launched the +1 button for its sites in March, and then made it available for third-party publishers in June. The +1 button is very similar to Facebook's ubiquitous "Like" button. It is part of Google's recent push to recover lost ground in social networking and social media, which also includes the Google+ social networking site.


IDG UK Sites

Android One vs Android Silver vs Google Nexus: What is the difference?

IDG UK Sites

Apple updates MacBook Pro line-up: Price cuts & spec boosts for 6 MacBook Pro models

IDG UK Sites

Long live the internet fridge: the Internet of Things is coming

IDG UK Sites

How Prometheus' colourist Juan Ignacio Cabrera gave a tense, edgy feel to Chosen