eBay’s New Google Gadget for “Social Shopping”

eBay’s New Google Gadget for “Social Shopping”

By Chris Crum April 5, 2010

eBay has introduced a new Google Friend Connect gadget called eBay Social Shopping, which lets publishers add "social shopping" to their sites. It lets users browse eBay right from the gadget on the site "almost" as if they were on eBay itself.

Integration – The Key to Google as a Social Network

Google has or is working on pretty much all of the main ingredients for a really great social network. The problem (in my opinion) is that they are scattered and not integrated as well as they could be. Do you particiapte in any of Google’s social projects? Tell us which ones.


There’s Gold in Your Social Media Profiles
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WebProNews attended a recent Social Media Club gathering in Louisville, KY. Among the speakers at this event was the famous Chris Brogan, who talked about (among other things) Friendfeed, and why your social media profiles have value. Do you agree with the things Brogan says in the following clip? Share you thoughts.

Google Launches Recommendation Gadget for Friend Connect

Google has introduced some recommendations gadgets for Google Friend Connect. Site owners with Google Friend Connect enabled can now recommend content they like to other users.

Google Translates Comments with Google Friend Connect

Google has launched an enhanced version of its comments gadget for Google Friend Connect. With the gadget, users can easily translate comments that aren’t in their language native.

Google Launches Gadget to Get Users to Engage On Your Site

This week, Google launched a gadget for Google Friend Connect that encourages visitors to ask questions from the community as well as answer questions posted by others. In other words, this is a gadget that can potentially get people more engaged while visiting your site.

Google Continues Building Its Social Network

Today, Google has launched a new event gadget for Google Friend Connect. The gadget gives webmasters the ability to spread the word about events of interest. Google Calendar Software Engineer Yoah Bar-David explains how the gadget works:

Google Launching Friend Connect API

At PubCon Matt Cutts just announced the launch of the Google Friend Connect API. It let’s you copy javascript and make your blog more social.

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:

More to Real-Time Search Than Twitter

Google’s Seattle site director Brian Bershad told TechFlash.com, "There’s relatively little data in Twitter," Bershad said. "I think if you could take a Twitter-like service and combine it with a lot of other data sources about the users, you might be able to come up with something more interesting."

Create Trust, Reduce Spam with Google Friend Connect API
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Yesterday, at PubCon South, Matt Cutts talked about Google Launching the Google Friend Connect API. Shortly after WebProNews broke this story, Cutts sat down with our own Abby Johnson for an exclusive interview in which he discussed the API launch in a litle more detail.

Google Introduces Social Bar
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The Google Friend Connect Team has introduced a new feature to the service – a social bar. You can set the bar to appear at the top or bottom of you page.

iLike Via Google Friend Connect
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iLike, the popular maker of social applications, which supplies music to Facebook, now has a social playlist gadget for use with Google Friend Connect. Once implemented, this gadget allows site users to contribute to forming a soundtrack for the site that it is on.

What Will Data Portability Mean to Marketing?
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Social media has changed and continues to change the way we communicate both professionally and casually. We talk and share things with our friends and family, and we market our businesses through networking with others and conversing with other professionals.

You Don’t Need Facebook Connect or Google Friend Connect to Socialize
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Google and Facebook have both released new social features for third-party sites recently in Google Friend Connect and Facebook Connect respectively. These are not the only kids of their kind on the block, however, as I am reminded by Gigya, the company behind a platform called Socialize.

While Socialize has actually been around since September, its relevancy seems pretty significant now with the launches of the services mentioned above.

Twitter Gets Connected with Google
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Google has announced that its new Friend Connect platform has now been integrated with Twitter. Now you can Tweet from any Friend Connect-supported site.

"This means that when you join a friend connected site, you can choose to use your Twitter profile, discover people you follow on Twitter who are also members of the site, and quickly tweet that you have found a cool website," explains Google Friend Connect Product Manager Mussie Shore.

MySpace’s Answer to Facebook Connect

MySpace has launched its answer to Facebook Connect with the MySpace Open Platform. This is the broader suite of products that includes the MySpace Application Platform, ‘MySpaceID’ (formerly Data Availability) and Post-To MySpace.

Google Launches Friend Connect After Months of Waiting
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It has been quite the day for connecting. Not only did Facebook unleash Facebook Connect on the world, but Google has also now made Google Friend Connect available (in beta) as well.