I wouldn't blame a person for thinking that their Facebook and Tumblr "likes" or Twitter "favorites" are private, but these things can all be viewed by their followers. This is also the case with Google+, only the service will now explicitly start highlighting posts that were +1'd by people in your circles. Naturally, this means that your posts may be shared with your followers as well. These posts will appear with a "+1" header.


Social networks aren't known for being particularly private. Google+ may be more so than others, since it lets users designate precisely which circles their posts are shared with. The same controls will be extended to +1 visibility, so friends will only be able to see those that they have permission to. Anyone who gets annoyed by the amount of +1's in their stream can choose to tone them down or exclude them entirely.

What's changing:

  • We'll occasionally highlight posts that were +1'd by people in your circles
  • And if you +1 a post, we may highlight it to your friends as well
  • You can visit your settings to decide who, if anyone, might see your +1s highlighted in the stream: http://goo.gl/CtZXk
  • In all cases: friends will only see +1s and posts they already had permission to see, we’re just calling extra attention to them
  • And of course: if you’re seeing too much activity from a given circle, you can always turn down its volume, or exclude it from Home entirely: http://goo.gl/EFLOy

Google is rolling out this feature over the next few days, so try not to panic if you don't receive it right away. And you might want to give more thought to what you +1 in the future.

Via: Google+ Team

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • l.m. lopez

    It's almost as if G+ is disencouraging us from +1 posts
    it's working

    • Aaron Guzman

      Just set it to "You Only". Or Just circles. Whatever you would like.

    • mesmorino

      The word is "discouraging"

      • l.m. lopez

        thanks, it is indeed discorage. I've ammended my comment

    • l.m. lopez


  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    Wow, Google Plus went from the intelligent Facebook alternative to pathetic, needy and spammy pretty quick.

    • Ray

      Much the same as your "pathetic, needy and spammy" comment.

      • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

        Awww, did I make the troll cry? Run back to Mommy Google, she'll make it all better.

        • Ray

          Seek help!

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Stupid and unnecessary. That is the thing I dislike MOST about Facebook and now I have to fiddle through settings in G+ to revert it. Why?

    • dilharo


  • Lupe Fiasco

    Personally I don't really care that much about this feature, but if this is what it takes to bring more FaceBook users to Google+ then go ahead, I'm all for it. To those that don't like the new feature, at least Google is kind enough to give you more control over how +1 posts are shared to you instead of forcing you to just deal with it. If you hate the feature completely, just go to your settings and disable it, it's not that hard.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Eh nice =)

  • Metallinatus

    Thank you for the advice, already turned my +1's private again .-.

    • esper256

      Your +1s aren't private. They just won't be presented to others in their streams.

      But for example, if you had +1ed a website. And someone else with you in their circles was doing a Google search, they would still see that you +1ed the page.

      From the beginning, It's been very clear. +1s are public. Don't +1 a page that is something you're not willing to publicly support or be associated with.

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    but you have full control over it…

  • Lalit Mali

    I actually wanted this feature. I +1 something because I like it and its good if its being shared ahead.

  • wickets

    thanks for the heads up on the change. As an aside i think hiding settings for this under "apps and activities" instead of "google +1" is really mind boggling and confusing

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    turn this shit off!