You may have noticed I installed the Google Friend widgets after seeing it on several blogs. Seemed like a good way for visitors to leave quick messages. Friends who join the community see their avatars with links to their favorite blogs, etc. I plan to delete the widgets but you can at least see the snapshots in this post.
What is it?
Google Friend Connect “means more people engaging more deeply with your website — and with each other.” It’s supposed to attract more visitors. “Your users can easily invite friends from social networks and contact lists to visit and join your site.”
How is it different?
Mashable compares Facebook Connect to Google Friend Connect:
The key difference between the two services is the fact that Facebook is one social network, while Google Friend Connect is open to any site, service or social network that uses OpenID for identification. For example, with Google Friend Connect your visitors can log in using their Gmail credentials, meaning that they don’t really have to be a part of any (strictly defined) social network at all. Facebook Connect, on the other hand, is useless to anyone who’s not a Facebook user.
Who Connected with BPWebNews?
Well, I invited a few friends and one decided to put his face out there — thanks Daniel! But surprisingly a ‘stranger’ joined— Esmeralda.
Her ‘sites joined’ has over 20 links.
Apparently she is using the networking features. But anyone seeing my blog on her list might click the link and visit. She may have found me in the widget of a site I joined (listed in the install instructions as a sample use Go2web20 Blog. She now has over 2600 friends in her Connection.
Why I’m removing the widgets
Like Twitter, you need lots of online friends who want to keep in touch this way! Fortunately, I’m not there yet! I would have liked more interaction via the message board widget. I did leave a note during the holidays, but no response. Since a couple of people left comments and seem interested, I moved one widget to the bottom of the page — we’ll see.
UPDATE:- guess usage of this gadget on Blogger reached critical mass. So I restored the follow widget in the sidebar.
Have you used these widgets? Leave a comment!
I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on this topic.
FYI for those who left comments on this post about the teenage millionaire ‘scam’: I published my research on my team blog: Contest Fraud, Beware It’s Real. Any additional comments can be left there. Thanks. SBA