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Google Connects Friends on WordPress Blogs

Launches Friend Connect WordPress Plug-in

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Google has developed a plug-in for WordPress that adds the social features of Google Friend Connect to WordPress blogs. The plug-in allows visitors to these blogs to authenticate using any OpenID account, including Google, Yahoo, or AIM and then comment on posts without having to register. When a visitor authenticates, it creates a WordPress account.

Google Friend Connect"You can later add or remove permissions for the visitor from the WordPress site administration pages," explains Mauro Gonzalez, who developed the plug-in. "If desired, WordPress comments can be replaced by Google Friend Connect comments gadgets. In this case, no WordPress account is created, since Google Friend Connect handles both the rendering of the comments as well as comments moderation. Regardless of whether the Google Friend Connect comments gadgets are enabled or not, comment entries display the user profile picture and link to the user’s profile."

There is a set of social gadgets available that includes the Social Bar, Members, Recommendations, and Global Conversation gadgets. "When recommendations are enabled, a ‘Recommend’ button is displayed below your posts allowing the site members to choose the content they like most," says Gonzalez. "The most popular posts will surface to the top of the list within the recommendations gadget."

When a user of the WordPress blog posts content or comments on a post, this information will appear in the Google Friend Connect activity stream. Features of the plug-in like colors, size, labels, etc. can be customized in WordPress like anything else.

The plug-in is available on the Google Code site. Examples are live in demos here and here.

Google Connects Friends on WordPress Blogs
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  • http://www.web-chilly.com/ Rahul Batra

    Thats so good!!

  • http://learnwebtools.com Adam W. Warner

    Your demo links are broken…

  • http://www.webstar.my yurich

    The more the merrier. No world population will be left alone after this !

  • http://www.pamelagladding.com Guest

    please fix your demo links… would love to watch the demo

  • http://www.SequentialLogic.com Emile Bourquin

    “If desired, WordPress comments can be replaced by Google Friend Connect comments gadgets…”

    My first thought with any gadget is “Will the content in the gadget be indexed by Google?” The downside to a lot of gadgets is that they are javascript, and Google will not see the content. If I implement the Comment Gadget, will the Google spiders see that content? If not, I’d stick with regular old WordPress comments, or something else like Disqus.

  • http://newman.net.nz Philip

    This is a really good idea. I’d definitely use it. The demo links are broken :(

  • http://www.workoutmods.com Darius Wells

    Great Post, all of your info is great.

  • http://www.webseo.es Nacho de Ramon

    Both demo links are broken..

    Does anybody know any other link to see a demo of it?

  • http://www.imaginethat.uk.net Keith Beesley

    I love the idea of being able to use my blog for greater social conversation but it would be great if i could use my friends off facebook, myspace, google etc. As a wedding photographer I use my blog at www.imaginethat.uk.net every week to keep clients up todate so anything which helps is good

  • http://superaffiliate.that-is-simple.com/ Yevgeniy

    I love Google I love WordPress and I love new things ) Thanks for great information!

  • http://www.ausbusiness.net/ John D

    I like Google’s approach to social networking. They have their own blogger, and instead of luring people into it, they spread their social networking tentacles to other platform. The end result – more people are hooked up to their system. Nice.

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