Bug in Google+ - page title repeats in the Google+ share

We have been using the +1 button and Google+ Stream to share our web pages in Google+. Unfortunately, all of the article pages we share comes up with the title repeated twice. Find what causes this problem and what is the work around.

We have been sharing our important articles and blog posts in Google+ Page either by typing the URL in the stream to automatically pull the page information or by using the +1 button in the pages in our site.

We noticed the title of the article is repeated twice in the automatically retrieved title in Google+ Stream. It took a while for me to figure out what is causing this.

Take a look at the below screenshot:

What is causing Google+ to repeat the title while sharing?

It shows the same title repeated 2 times in the stream.

We had the same title repeated in 2 places within the article:

1. Page title using the <title></title> tags.

2. Microdata itemname property using <span itemprop="name"></span>

It was found that Google+ is reading both page title and the itemprop and appending to create the title in the Google+ Stream. Since we are using the same title for the page as well as the itemprop name, it results in an ugly title in Google+ share!

The temporary work around we are going to use is, remove the itemprop=name microdata until we find a better solution. In fact, I just went ahead and made the changes to our script and it solved the problem. Here is how our new Google+ share looks, with no repeated title:

I believe this is a bug in Google+. I am posting this in Google+ forum and will post the updates here if I learn anything regarding this bug.

If you want to try this bug yourself, try it on our partner site where we haven't fixed the problem (yet). Go to your Google+ account and type the url http://www.indiastudychannel.com/resources/143937-How-apply-for-Google-AdSense-program-through.aspx in your Stream. You do not need to actually share, but just type it and wait a second to see it automatically fetch the title and summary. You can see the title repeated 2 times.

Where to report Google+ bugs and discuss issues?

You can join the official Google+ Google group where you can discuss the issues you find in Google+ and report any bugs you find.

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Guest Author: Cactus21 Nov 2011

That's way more clever than I was expetcnig. Thanks!

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