Google Friend Connect Now Available On CMS Platforms Drupal, Joomla

Google announced yesterday that their Friend Connect features are now available for two CMS platforms, Drupal and Joomla. Both the older and newer features of Google Friend Connect are available on both platforms. These features include the Social Bar, AdSense, Newsletter Subscriptions, Recommendations, Comments and many others. Friend Connect does not require knowledge of programming or coding to be able to integrate it.

Site owners have access to a plethora of controls to collect user information and moderate their websites. Google makes it easy for Drupal and Joomla users to use Friend Connect by integrating the gadgets right into the platform interfaces. Google’s new service appears to have been developed in house in contrast to Facebook plugins which are traditionally produced by third-party developers – not the Facebook company itself.

It is significant to see Google expand their plugins and their compatibility with different content management systems. As Google continues to expand, expect to see a growing competition between Facebook and Google for website owners looking to integrate simple social tools into their websites.
As noted by Bilal Hameed in his post on Facebook’s U.S. Traffic, the comparisons between Facebook’s and Google’s connect systems are a prime example in the similarity between these two websites.