Google +1 Button has a flaw

I was playing around with Google’s new +1 Button and while reading the documents about the API one thing interested me is the <link> attribute. According to the documentation you can tell the API to use the current URI or the main URL of the website. Then I was thinking, what if you mask the URL, let’s say use the google.com URL on your site? You guessed right, your site will show that it has been +1 around 4,000 times as of today.

Google +1 Button
Google +1 Button

Here’s the code for this,

<!– Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag –><link rel=”canonical” href=”http://www.google.com”><script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script><!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –><g:plusone></g:plusone>

Here’s a live view of the code:

Note: When clicking it, you are still giving a +1 to Google.com, you’re only spoofing your site to look like it’s popular.

 

 

Bing’s Search Results

Bing results for Facebook One tweet caught my eye and I had to take a look at it to see for myself. Benj Arriola over at Business OnLine posted that when you search “Microsoft” on Google you get more results than if you searched “Google” on Bing. While that is true I seriously don’t think that’s a negative thing, especially when Microsoft spent about $200 million in ads to send a message that Bing will find you the result you need and not get you lost in results, which it will happen with Google, Yahoo ore even Bing. Continue reading “Bing’s Search Results”