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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Testing Google Friend Connect, 1, 2, 3!


Finally, with a little help from Google, I managed to add Google's Friend Connect to my blog.

Basically, Friend Connect is an admin page with several social gadgets that you can customize and embed in your site or blog.

The main goal of this service is to help you gain traffic from friends you already have - who are now connecting to you directly on your site, which make sense. Even visitors are allowed to join in, and invite their friends from familiar social networks:


So what else is on the Google Friend Connect admin page? (I know you want to know) - Actually not so much at the moment... From what I understand (although not verified) you can control more than just one site with it. You can also manage all your visitors from the admin page (i.e., delete, block etc.).

Only a few gadgets from Google itself are offered, but there is a growing section of gadgets built by developers and other companies, so I can only assume that it is going to become something as huge as the iGoogle gallery.

Friend Connect is the one heavily lifted gadget that leverages social functionality on any gadget that's built with Google's Open Social, whether it be on MySpace, 5hi, Orkut etc. You'll be able to embed it on your blog with just a few clicks. BTW, with Friend Connect, you can also give iGoogle Gadget a social boost.

And, then there's the Report section, which at least in my opinion seems to be not especially beneficial data and stats, especially since I only started to use this today. However, I know for a fact that Google is not storing users' data here, like it does on Google Analytics for example, so this will result in less or simpler data.


It is very early to give significant feedback at this stage, but a quick look at my growing list of friends on the widget, definitely ensures me that this Gadget works. I know it's very corny to say this about a Google product: it's simple but smart, but what can I say, it is what it is! Simple and Smart.

*BTW, I know it's a bit slow, and I know about some other bugs, but I'm happy to be an early adopter of this gadget, as long as it won't take my blog down...

Thanks RWW!
posted by Orli Yakuel at 6:08 PM

53 Comments:

Anonymous Anne Haynes said...

Thanks for the 411 on Friend Connect!

11:46 PM  
OpenID chris24.ca said...

Do they give you the ability to add a custom image instead of just plain old text for where it says "Go2Web20" then "enhanced by Google". Is it possible to put a custom image instead of the text with the blog name (like Google does with Google Apps)?

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Tzvika Avnery said...

cool thanks for the invitation!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Scabr said...

It looks like MyBlogBlog from Yahoo.
Search engines drive to Social Media:)

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Blogger JernejK said...

how do I get invitation code?

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not working for me:

"We're sorry.
We were unable to process your request. Please try again."

5:48 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

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7:10 AM  
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10:44 AM  
Blogger Srikanth said...

Could you please send an invitation for Google Friendconnect?

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Christian Cabuay said...

Do some research guys. Visit http://www.google.com/friendconnect for more info.

8:50 PM  
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Anonymous BlogMasters said...

Thank you for the early review....we currently are managing an Veterans Organizational Network of close to 10,000 individual sites......we have requested an invite from Google.... sure hope they pick us for the beta....this would fit perfect.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Chris Lang said...

For those of you who do not know how to use Google Social, called Googling Social, you can go to my site and I have instructions to create a Google profile, add friends to from Gmail and get started with Google Reader which is Google's social bookmarking application.

I am also going to add the instructions to my Google Blogger blog.

Currently, the links to get to the pieces of Googling Social are hard to find so the best starting point is someone elses Google profile, so here is mine.

Chris Lang's Google Profile.

Look in the upper right hand corner of the page, the link is "my profile" and it is right behind your gmail address.

Word of warning, the Gmail address that you are logged into will be your public Gmail address in Google Reader and how you make friends thru Gmail. So if you do not want that Gmail address to be public, choose one that you want to use.

You only get one Google profile no matter how many Gmail addresses you have, so choose wisely.

If you have any questions you can email me from my contact page on my site. Also if you want to add me as a friend in Google Reader, send me an email at chrislang[at]gmail[dot]com.

Obvuscations in the address are used to fool spam bots that harvest addresses so just replace the monikers with the appropriate email characters.

Cheers! = Chris Lang

2:24 PM  
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Anonymous Bia said...

Hi Orli,
Great post! I wonder if you can send me an invitation for FriendConnect. I own a brazilian site about gossip, celebrities, etc. I would really appreciate testing FriendConnect with it. Can you help me? Big thanks in advance. You can reach me on bia (at) chiclette.com.br

3:14 AM  
Anonymous TractorFan said...

I have FriendConnect installed on http://us.tractorfan.eu, but even with 1.000 visitors a day, people aren't joining the site, and there's no way to promote it...

12:23 PM  
Blogger John said...

Sorry But I have no friends. I'm trying to learn more about this Google Friend connect. So don't mind me. I just crashed the party. I'll just help me to some of those drinks and then wonder out the side door.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Byron Friday said...

Friend Connect and the word Usability don't have much in common if you using blogger.

Read this page (http://www.google.com/friendconnect/) why wouldn't they even mention any facts regarding Blogger integration?

1:30 AM  
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Anonymous indir said...

I have FriendConnect installed on http://us.tractorfan.eu, but even with 1.000 visitors a day, people aren't joining the site, and there's no way to promote it...

6:46 PM  
Anonymous islamciyiz said...

Look in the upper right hand corner of the page, the link is "my profile" and it is right behind your gmail address.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous mirc said...

But I have no friends. I'm trying to learn more about this Google Friend connect. So don't mind me. I just crashed the party. I'll just help me to some of those drinks and then wonder out the side door

9:22 PM  
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Do they give you the ability to add a custom image instead of just plain old text for where it says "Go2Web20" then "enhanced by Google". Is it possible to put a custom image instead of the text with the blog name (like Google does with Google Apps)?

5:44 PM  
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10:46 PM  
Anonymous medyum said...

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where it says "Go2Web20" then "enhanced by Google". Is it possible to put a custom image instead of the text with the blog name (like Google does with Google Apps)?

2:08 PM  

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