Update: Google has removed the +1 links from Google Search again. This is probably the main reason why the script was pulled by its author as it is no longer required.
Search giant Google lately has added Google +1 buttons to nearly every web property the company owns. Most Google users may notice the +1 buttons on Google search result pages where they are placed next to each site url. In addition, users who are logged in see if they or their Google+ friends have recommended a particular website that is displayed in the results.
The Remove Google +1 buttons from the search result userscript removes the +1 buttons from all Google search result pages. The userscript works on all google search domains, including google.com but also country specific domains such as google.de, google.co.uk and google.fr.
The userscript uses a wildcard as the domain extension to include all google.* domains so that it should work on all google-dot-something properties just fine.
Please note that you will still see Google +1 results in the search engines if you or your Google+ friends have recommended a particular site that is displayed.
The second feature of the userscript is the removal of the preview link that is displayed when you hover with the mouse cursor over a result in the results listing.
The removal of the previews in Google search may lead to a problem for users who need to access the cached and similar links that have been placed there by Google (see Where Are Google Search Cached And Similar Links? for all details)
Webmasters and users who need access to those links can install the Resurrect Google Cache & Related links userscript to move them back right to their original positions in the search results.
Removing the Google+ buttons in the search results removes some of the noise that Google added lately to the result listings. The developer noted that the remaining Google+ information (if you or your friends +1'ed a link) are not removed because of performance issues "when Google is using Ajax". The userscript is compatible with Firefox and Google Chrome.
Are you a Google+ user? If so, what's your take on the social networking site? Activities seemed to have died off a bit lately, or is that only my impression?
Update: The userscript is no longer available on the userscript website. It is not clear if it has been pulled by its author or if there is another reason for its removal. An alternative does not seem to be available right now.Advertisement
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