Sunday, December 7, 2008

Google Friend Connect - Consolidating social networks

A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised to receive an Email from Google titled:
You have been whitelisted to use Google Friend Connect.

I registered my interest in Google Friend Connect several months ago, I became interested because I liked the idea of turning my html website into an interactive site, where people could join, rate/review and comment, without the need for me to know or do any programming whatsoever (A godsend for a PHP Spaz like me).

I set up a test page on one of my websites the night I got the email, it was as easy as downloading two html files, uploading them to the websites root directory, copy and paste a few snippets of code to the page I was testing, and Ta-Daa! Just like magic I had a Members gadget on my site.
People are now able to Join and log in using there existing Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID account.

The Members gadget allows visitors to join your site, sign in and out, see other members, and use other social features. You may also use a more minimal, simple sign-in gadget, on multiple pages on your site to ensure that visitors can sign in and out as desired. Once you've installed one of these, visitors can start joining your site.

I have now set up "Google friend connect" on my busiest site, the site is avaliable in eight languages and I was able (because of my sites structure) to set up a different members gadget for each language.
So far two people have joined the site... Me and my alter ego :|

I have not done any promotion, and there is very little on the site explaining exactly what Friend connect is. I Will wait a few days and see if curiosity can entice people to join up and start participating, if not, I will write up a brief explanation about friend connect and ask people to join in :)

If you would like to check it out what friend connect is all about, then you can see it in action (or non action in my case) at


No comments:

Post a Comment

Share Your Opinion