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Google +1 Social Toolbar Spotted, Photoed

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Google +1 seems a little lackluster. Will it be enough to tackle Facebook?

TechCrunch acquired a possible legitimate screenshot of Google's social toolbar dubbed as Google +1. Formerly known as Google Me, Emerald Sea and whatnot, the upcoming social addition is slated to be just that-- an addition to Google's current applications rather than serve as a full-fledged, standalone website.

As seen in the screenshot, Google +1 replaces the current toolbar stretched across all Google applications. At first glace Google has merely cleaned up the text, however a new "Loop" feature has been added, the search engine giant's term for "groups." TechCrunch reports that one source witnessed a Google employee's iPhone with a "Loop" app installed (Google Loop?); it reportedly looked similar to Facebook but had large portions that were still in development at the time.

According to the image, the right side of Google’s standard toolbar has been completely overhauled to accommodate the new Google +1 social components. Now there's a Share button, a section for a Google account icon and a section dedicated for the user's Google username. Next to that, it's unclear as to what the number represents, however the Settings menu link has been replaced by a spiffy new icon.

Naturally despite the screenshot, Google has nothing new to add at this time. "We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve our products, and we have already confirmed that we are focused on incorporating social elements across Google," a Google spokesperson said, echoing a similar statement made weeks ago. "But we have nothing new to announce at this time.”

Google +1 is expected to launch sometime early next year.

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    reprotected , December 9, 2010 12:43 AM
    As long as they tell people that it's more reliable, secure and faster than Facebook, it will sucker in 33% of how much people are in Facebook.
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    shening , December 9, 2010 12:58 AM
    i dont think so
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    Silmarunya , December 9, 2010 9:59 AM
    Sorry, but Facebook is already too much of a household name for Google to stand a chance. There are 3 main groups of people today:
    - Those that are happy with Facebook and will likely stay there, no matter what Google does.
    - Those looking to get out of Facebook because their privacy matters to them. Google's reputation on privacy is just as bad, so Google won't be able to fish in that pond either.
    - Those (like me) that don't want social networking: again, very little to gain there for Google +1
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    gm0n3y , December 9, 2010 3:54 PM
    SilmarunyaSorry, but Facebook is already too much of a household name for Google to stand a chance. There are 3 main groups of people today:- Those that are happy with Facebook and will likely stay there, no matter what Google does.- Those looking to get out of Facebook because their privacy matters to them. Google's reputation on privacy is just as bad, so Google won't be able to fish in that pond either.- Those (like me) that don't want social networking: again, very little to gain there for Google +1

    Google is even more of a household name than Facebook. Not to mention that Google's privacy problems are about the data they collect, not what they leak to third parties like Facebook. Obviously any social media site is going to collect data about you, its what they do with that data that should concern people.
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    gm0n3y , December 9, 2010 4:12 PM
    This may be fake as no real tech reporter would use a Mac (as seen in the screen shot).
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    JOSHSKORN , December 9, 2010 10:57 PM
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    Google +1 seems a little lackluster. Will it be enough to tackle Facebook?

    No. Next article, please.
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