Google Friend Connect May Soon Launch

YouTube tutorial, support site appear

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For once, Google looked to be a half-step (or more) behind.  Yahoo’s testing a “social” new homepage, Microsoft’s rolling out a “social” Windows Live update, and from the search giant, nada on this front.  Except, it seems, for Friend Connect, which just might launch soon.

Friend Connect promises to do much more than what its name suggests, allowing website owners to add all sorts of social functions like invitations, members’ galleries, and message postings.  A preview release has been up for discussion since May of this year.

Only, again, progress appears to be taking place.  Amit Agarwal writes, “Google earlier opened Friend Connect for a limited number of users . . . but I suspect that the public launch of Friend Connect may happen very soon.  That’s because Google today released a new video that gives a short introduction to Friend Connect and unlike previous videos, this one is more inclined towards marketing the service to the non-developer crowd.”

Indeed, the video speaks straight to site owners, emphasizes that no programming skills are needed, and with an easy-to-follow “here’s where they’ll click” walkthrough, shows how Friend Connect is supposed to appeal to users.  Another interesting note: the video’s narrator, product marketing manager Mendel Chuang, uses the present tense, saying “users can” do things instead of “users will.”

UPDATE: It turns out a Friend Connect support site has surfaced, too.  Help articles are available for both site owners and site visitors, and most of them deal with getting set up and properly oriented.  Credit again goes to Amit Agarwal for the catch.

Keep an eye out for Friend Connect, then, and knowing Google, it may well have some other stuff up its product development sleeves, too.


Google Friend Connect May Soon Launch
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  • http://jodis.co.ua/ Jodis

    this is a cool thing. I’l add it to all my sites. Maybe not for all, but for most of them….

  • http://katie448.livejournal.com/ Katie448

    It if open for public then a more sheer visitors will increase and will also help to keep an update on regular basis

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

    It looks really fast and easy to use and most importantly not convoluted.  Social networks usally fail on these 3 important things.

  • http://cx.mcmmedia.com.au/chalawke43/ Charles Lawlor

    My website gives what has happened to my life since January 1947. I am very lucky to be alive today Tuesday 18th November 2008. Through out my life I have met many people in all walks of life.

    Thank you

  • http://www.keywebdata.com Chris Lang

    I have been watching Friend Connect too, but this site just caught another set of changes.

    The Friend Connect example sites just changed. The text for the sign up link is different and now Google is advertising this new text in sponsored seach above resutls. Good catch on this site:







    • http://free.naplesplus.us Kenneth Udut

      Google Friend Connect is now opening up to a much wider range of websites now.

      I have it on my little Naples, FL news/info site http://free.naplesplus.us — and it is SO easy to set up for webmasters!

      You just have to:

      1) Set up your site with Google Friend Connect
      2) Upload two files to the root of your server
      3) Grab the widget code
      4) Stick it into your site (usually a sidebar)

      That’s it!

      And to use it, as a member rather than a webmaster, is even easier!

      1) You just have to “Join this site” when you find one that’s Google Friend Connect enabled (doesn’t matter which one really!)
      2) Sign in with your GOOGLE, Yahoo, OpenID or AIM account.

      That’s it! From there, you can add friends, send them messages, add comments to the site, rate and review things – and whatever other widgets gfc comes up with from the OpenSocial netowrk!

      Good job, Google!

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