Google Image Search has become the latest of the search giant’s properties to receive the +1 button, according to an article published by Search Engine Watch.

The move also means the image search feature can now be integrated with Google’s social network, Google+.

A feature similar to Facebook’s “like” button, the +1 button allows users to tag items of interest to them; in this instance, images that have been +1’d will display an annotation showing all of the other users that have also +1’d that particular image.

The impact of a +1 is reasonably significant, as they affect search rankings – although it isn’t yet known whether +1s will impact image search results.

Despite this Rob D. Young has forecast that it might, in future, become commonplace for any image on a site to have custom +1 button positioned next to it.

In a post by Google software engineer, Xiaorui Gan, on the Inside Search blog, it was revealed that, as with all other +1s, in order for a user to +1 an image they will need to have an account on Google+, a platform expected to become popular for social media marketing initiatives.

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