A few days after Facebook and MySpace announced their almost similar data portability/open social initiatives, Google followed with the roll out of its ultimate social connectivity/data portability service – the Google Friend Connect. Amidst all the hype and buzz about this new Google service, one could immediately see that it is all about social networking on a bigger scale which happens to be, the web – both static and dynamic.
So, what is Google Friend Connect? From the Google Friend Connect people’s words:
Google Friend Connect lets you grow traffic by easily adding social features to your website. With just a few snippets of code, you get more people engaging more deeply with your site.
And from what I understand what it simply aims to do is to weave the whole of the web, under one social network umbrella which is Google. You may think of it as a social networking function or a simple way of viewing it is Google’s own way of implementing the “myopenid” system. Google Friend Connect eliminates the need to register everytime you want to interact, leave a comment, participate and collaborate on every site that you visit.
Google Friend Connect will also let you add rich contents to your sites, whether its a blog or the traditional static website. From widgets, to Google gadgets, Google Friend Connect allows you to add those stuff to your website easily, without your having to learn the technical nitty gritty of things. Google Friend Connect makes websites that are not social networks into a social site.
Actually, it’s hard to fully explain what Google Friend Connect is all about, especially now that we couldn’t actually see and experience yet how it works. The new service is currently on closed-by-invitation beta mode. We’re still waiting for our invites to get through the beta environment.
In the meantime, this diagram provided by Google could perhaps explain in a simple manner what Google Friend Connect is, and what it will try to do.