Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Web2.0ify Your Site with Google Friend Connect

Google published a press release early yesterday (Monday 5/12) announcing Google Friend Connect. The links on the announcement did not become live until late last night - after Campfire One - Google's once in a while event where Google invites "members of the developer community on campus to talk shop, share some news, and eat S'mores." The goal of Friend Connect is to allow any website to quickly and easily add social networking features - literally web2.0ify your site. One really great feature is that you can sign in using your existing account - either Google, AIM, Yahoo, or OpenID. You can also integrate your existing network of friends (Facebook, GTalk, Orkut, others to come). Here's part of Google's description:

Attract more visitors. Visitors bring along friends from social networks like Facebook, orkut, and others to interact on your site.

Enrich your site with social features. Choose engaging social features from a catalog of gadgets provided by Google and the OpenSocial developer community.

No programming whatsoever. Just copy and paste snippets of code into your site, and Google Friend Connect does the rest.

Watch the 10-minute video for more info, and click on any of the pictures below to view and explore some example sites. How did Google know I like Guacamole and dark humor?

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