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Google to launch Friend Connect for the social Web Monday
API will allow users to port data to partner sites

 5:46 pm on May 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Story at C/Net's news.com [news.com]:

Google is expected to join the social network data portability crowd with "Friend Connect" on Monday. TechCrunch speculates that Friend Connect will be a set of "APIs for Open Social participants to pull profile information from social networks into third party websites."



 2:33 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Websites that are not social networks may still want to be social -- and now they can be, easily. With Google Friend Connect (see [google.com...] 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.


Site owners head over here to Google Friend Connect [google.com...]


 3:53 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Reminds me of a post I made awhile ago where I argued that the social networking of the future won't be "owned" but will be hosted, with "community" assembled "on the fly, for a specified duration as a service" by a "broadcast and listening" system with "credentialing and preliminary/escalating de-privatization" where one's "profile", i.e., one's "social graph" won't be stored by anyone other than the individual and it will be "exposed" only by assent and in measured degree in response to "listening queries or records of interest" communicated to the broadcast and listening system.

At least this looks like a step in that direction and, if anyone was going to pull this off, it would be the likes of Google.

Social networks. On the fly. "Society" not owned, but created, by choosing the apps of social endeavor. Paid for by very targeted CPM ads visible in the UI of the app.

Interesting times.


 4:06 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Reminds me of a post I made awhile ago

Yes! Prescient stuff, Webwork, well done.


 4:12 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is the reverse process considered?
We will soon release some "sort" of "social" large new site.
Offering such tools as the one mentionned to be available to web owner needing to make its debut in the "social" genre.
My question is: in my case is the "connection/inter-connection" from other "social" to mine facilitated by any existing tool, api etc..


 5:00 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Reminds me of a post I made awhile ago

I remember that post Webwork. Well done.


 6:26 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

A pat on the head is always more enjoyable than a dope slap. ;) Thanks.

I think the system-vision I described was no more than a description of a yearning that is common to most of us. We really do yearn to reach out via the WWW to dialogue - on our own terms. We want to maintain a degree of privacy. We would like a degree of control over who enters our "engagement space", i.e., invitation controls. Our engagement needs vary by issue so social networking as apps assembled on-the-fly makes sense. Let me choose from a menu. Allow for verification (I talked about a 3rd party verification system, akin to an Identity-Equifax) that would escalate trust more rapidly if I "knew" (verified) that this IS "John Doe from Stanford '87 who majored in economics . . etc" . .

The WWW is a wonderful connector and exchange enabler. The problem of the WWW isn't that if fails to connect the world. Rather, it's that it fails to enable the world to connect, in part due to significant issues of trust and "being known or knowable" and in part due to efforts to "own society", i.e., own members.

I don't see the old online-social-forms going away overnight. They work within their limits and offer certain built in advantages. Those advantages may erode with time, though, as wise folks with deep pockets realize that it's better to offer the best socializing service than it is to own those wishing to socialize.

Don't own me. Enable me. I'll suffer you background ads, as the price of admission, if you don't overdo it and otherwise leave me - and enable me - to play with the world.


 7:11 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I get a :
Not Found
Error 404

when trying to access their site! Rarely see that on Google.


 7:17 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think we'll be able to access the pages after the Campfire One event.


 7:07 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

I like how Google explains...

Everyone wins in a friend connected web

and how. But they leave out what Google gets from this. :-) Clearly, their goal is to get a bit of Google code on each and every page on the Web. Then they know where and when people surf, what they look at, who they are.



 10:36 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Not good if you are using, like me, ten different nicknames... Clearly, once you "Accept" the terms, it is the end of anonymous browsing for you.

But the project is very exciting... The Web is slowly turning into a big bucket of shared data.

I will certainly join the fun later but first, I want to enjoy my last moment of anonymousity !

Oliver Henniges

 2:11 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Actually, I have completely missed this trend of building community around my webshop's focus, though I always had quite a number of our additional service-pages in the back of my mind, where this indeed would have made sense.

If google now supplies me with easy means to embed this, that's a great chance in the first place.

I took a brief look at the sample pages.

1) Awful loading-time in some cases. Have the site owners underestimated the traffic of being on such a page or is that playground on google's own servers and just badly programmed?

2) Two of the pages have only this small square "sign in" on them. That is ridiculous unless placed on such a sample-page. The other two dedicate a hell of a lot of monitor-real-estate to this program. Not sure whether I'd want that or how and where to place it on my website. This is catch22 on starting such a programm: If it is new, you need a lot of space to make clear what it's all about. Not many of us would want to, yet. Once it is established and everyone knows, a small icon might suffice, but how do you start?

I don't like the size of the pictures: A nick with more than 10 letters like mine wouldn't fit, but again minimizing the space demands such small pictures.

I think, a lot more experimentation and variation of the design of the templates to embed is necessary, before this project may leave the beta-testing.


 7:56 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

So soon I could do a search on an unique username and learn everything about the person.

No, thanks, I'm an unique individual, not a human lemming.


 4:25 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Friends Connect is better. Friend Connect is annoying.

Google's tentacles are starting to get on my nerves. It's into everything.


 4:41 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Webwork - I think you a right on the money. Google recognizes this and is starting off in the right direction.


 7:20 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)


...things are going to get 'sick viral' very fast; I think this is going to go over very big.

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