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Playing with Google FriendConnect

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 04 December 2008 12:43

Playing with Google FriendConnect

Google FriendConnectI was talking to ‘the Great Balwani’, (seriously, he's great) today and he mentioned playing around with Google FriendConnect. Not to be one shy of playing with the latest toys I promptly set up the community widget (below the My Blog Log widget – lower right) and another widget to comment and rate posts…

The first one seems pretty much like the MBL one, we’ll see how it plays out (doesn’t show recent visitors to..). The other, well that seems like it will further dilute the conversation as this is a blog and we already have comments going…

So what? We can now ‘rate’ the posts? Yeah, that’s about it… I hope to see other widgets soon as the selection now is kinda lacking.

 

On the admin side, you can manage members (and friends) as well as moderating posts (which is a good idea methinks)....

FriendConnect Admin features

 

Anyway, feel free to join up and rate some posts… we shall see where it leads.

PS; drop by Search Engine People and join up as well… the more of us playing, the sooner we find it’s value…

 

Comments  

 
0 # Zak Nicola 2008-12-04 14:01
Something tells me the timing of Friend Connect and Search Wiki was no fluke.
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0 # Jeremy Rivera 2008-12-04 15:04
Yahoo has been far ahead of Google when it comes to profiles, and profile based platforms. From mybloglog to Yahoo 360...I think this is Google catching up. I do agree with Zak that the timing of Search wiki and fiend connect is "interesting".
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+1 # John Jones 2008-12-04 15:19
I think that the comment / rating widget will simply serve to water down posts since, as you pointed out, we already have commenting capabilities on our blogs and such.

However my guess is that Google isn't looking to provide a second option to MBL or to comment systems. I'm willing to bet they are banking on the possibility of people using these widgets as opposed to other built in options with things like Wordpress and such.

Either way, I'm having the Friend and Rating / Review widgets added to my blogging mothers community for a few months to see if it catches on.

I too hope for more widgets to come in the near future that will make Friend Connect that much more appealing to me.
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0 # Dave 2008-12-04 15:39
Well, more interesting to me than the SearchWiki are the set of patents from earlier this year on social network profiling that seem suited OpenSocial, YouTube and toys like these. While Yahoo may be ahead in the social curve, Google is well positioned to monetize them. The true test...

@John, I am with you as far as looking for more widgets, the offering is def limited at this point.. but I shall give it a while...
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0 # Jun 2008-12-04 17:01
I think it's worth a try...
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0 # Andy Beard 2008-12-05 01:40
I think the Facebook connect implementation currently on Techcrunch is a lot more interesting, though I am not quite sure how that should be used for membership sites based upon blog platforms.
I am sure the friend connect API can be used in more interesting ways.
One thing positive, if you become a member of a blog using friend connect (at least on blogger), then you also become a subscriber in Google Reader with special filtering.
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-1 # Guest 2009-02-24 11:30
How do I configure Google Friend Connect to my site. I tried all the steps mentioned by Google, but didnt work :sad: Plz help. I'm using Media Wiki Clone for my site.

Regards,
Dilip
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0 # dilip 2009-02-24 11:31
How do I configure Google Friend Connect to my site. I tried all the steps mentioned by Google, but didnt work Plz help. I'm using Media Wiki Clone for my site.

Regards,
Dilip
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0 # Dave 2009-02-24 11:48
Sure... drop me a line from the contact page and I can see what I can do!
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