Google Launching Friend Connect API
Editor’s note: How do you think the launch of the Google Friend Connect API will affect data portability? Share your thoughts. WebProNews anchor Abby Jonnson spoke with Cutts at the conference:
The key point to acknowledge here is that Google is encouraging people to create more plug-ins for it, and it will be available through WordPress, Drupal, and phpbb plugins making it accessible to a whole lot of the web.
Google Friend Connect will be easily usable with not only blogs, but forums and content management systems. It’s completely open and built on open social.
Out of this, publishers can get:
– more user participation
– More comments and higher -quality comments, less spam
– More interactions: questions, answers, votes
– flexibility – widgets, etc.
This is an important step for data portability. We have not seen Google Friend Connect truly take off yet like it could, and this might get it pushed in that direction.
Cutts says it’s not perfect yet, and it’s not live yet, but it will be in an hour or two. More on this as we find out…
Google has posted to the official Social Web Blog now with more.
Whether you’re a site owner or developer, the new Friend Connect APIs offer something for anyone who is interested in helping the web become more social:
- Plugin developers – Make plugins to integrate with popular content management systems, bulletin boards, or any open framework. To get you started, we have created open source plugin samples for WordPress, Drupal, and phpBB.
- Gadget developers – Make OpenSocial applications with greater control over how data flows across servers with signed requests. Use server-side authentication mechanisms so that a site with Friend Connect can act as an OpenSocial container.
Update 2: WebProNews reporter Abby Johnson spoke to Matt Cutts about the API launch who basically just said it provides deeper integration. The plugins are new and developed by his team. Once users sign in they don’t have to sign into each site and are able to copy that info in other places.
A few other tidbits coming from the Q&A with Matt Cutts:
– Twitter followers will not help your page rank
– Does CTR or other behavioral metrics on SERPS affect ranking? It would be really spammy and noisy.
– Cutts says he can’t promise Google would never use its wiki results…
Abby Johnson conributed to this report.
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