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Google Friend Connect

Third-Party Social Networking Tool


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Published 04/07/2009 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Google Friend Connect is a useful system that can be incorporated into any site. It’s very easy to incorporate it, and it simply involves copying and pasting some code into your site. This enables your site with a variety of social features without having to do anything complicated. There are a number of different functions that can be enabled if you want; these include user registration, invitations, galleries, comment systems, and reviews. It also allows site owners to install any applications that are built by Open Social Community programmers. If you visit any site that has Google Friend Connect incorporated with the code then you will be able to look at, invite and interact with other users on sites all over the internet. You can also talk to existing friends from various social networking sites including Google Talk and Face book. Google Friend Connect has been designed by Google to make it much easier for friends to communicate over the internet. They can connect to various people on all sorts of different websites. Google Friend Connect was launched as an Open Social application in May 2008; the main purpose of the program is to make it simpler to communicate even when you’re not using a social website. OpenID is used for sign in, oAuth is used to control the information, and open social is used to provide applications. It’s free to use Google Friend Connect; however before you can incorporate it you need to get approval from Google. You don’t need to know anything complicated about web programming to use Google friend connect, it allows any of your website visitors to quickly and easily access contacts on various social networking sites. The interface is currently only available in English, which is a little strange for a Google application. It’s not possible to translate most of the application when it’s incorporated into websites which limits its usefulness to English speaking countries. Some popular examples of use include on an ecommerce website as this allows your users to find out whether anyone they knew made the same purchases as you. News sites could use it to encourage participation, and even businesses could use it as an effort to market and improve communication. Of course the application finds itself most at home on blogs and other personal websites where it can be used to talk to friends.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Google Friend Connect was launched in December 2008; unlike many other Google applications this one is only available in English. Google has not said whether they plan to translate the application at any time in the future.

What are the differences to other apps?

The biggest difference with this application is that it’s made by Google. This instantly means that it’s much more popular than any other similar system and immediately makes it a great product. Because it’s produced by such a big name there are hundreds of sites that already incorporate the application into their code, this means that it’s actually becoming a very useful and functional application.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Using Google Friend Connect is very easy, once you have signed up you will be presented with code that you can incorporate into your website. You don’t need to know any complicated code, or do anything difficult. It’s built by Google that are capable of making even very complicated applications as simple as possible. You will be given files to upload to your website; these should be downloaded and then uploaded in the normal way. You can then test the setup by clicking the test button. There are plenty of tutorials to help you find out what you need to do to get everything working.

How does the registration process work?

Registering for an account with Google Friend Connect is very easy, however before you can use the software you will first need to get approval from Google. You can sign in with your Google or OpenID account, however if you want to add a new site then you will need to do a few extra steps.

What does it cost to use the application?

Google Friend Connect is free to use and doesn’t appear to have any adverts on it.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Google Friend Connect is great for any site owner, or blog owner that wants to allow their users advanced facilities to communicate with their friends on other sites on the internet. The number s of sites being incorporated with Google Friend Connect is increasing which is starting to make it a much more useful application.

  • Add communication features to your site or blog
  • Easy to integrate
  • No need to learn code
  • Offer your users something unique


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