Google Friend Connect

googleThe Google Press Center just made an announcement about Google Friend Connect. Here's what Google Friend Connect entails.

Websites that are not social networks may still want to be social -- and now they can be, easily. With Google Friend Connect (see following this evening's Campfire One), any website owner can add a snippet of code to his or her site and get social features up and running immediately without programming -- picking and choosing from built-in functionality like user registration, invitations, members gallery, message posting, and reviews, as well as third-party applications built by the OpenSocial developer community.

Visitors to any site using Google Friend Connect will be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends, or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web, including Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, orkut, Plaxo, and more.

I love this idea. I don't know if it will stick, but I'm going to implement Google Friend Connect right here, just for kicks. Stay tuned.


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I've been waiting for something useful out of OpenSocial and this might be a good start. Let me know how it works out for you, I'll probably be playing around with it one its available as well.

May 12, 2008 @ 5:34 PM

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