The much-anticipated rival to MySpace’s data availability project has entered its preview stage allowing site owners to sign up to the venture.
A Friend Connect preview portal has been launched and is focusing very much on helping webmasters to build up traffic by adding “just a few snippets of code” to their existing websites.
Sign up to the site and Google promises a number of things. Adding Friend Connect on to your site and you can: attract more viewers, enrich your site with social features, and it all involves no programming whatsoever.
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It’s the social features that seem to be the main focus of Friend Connect, though. These social gadgets will help with member management, message board, reviews, and picture-sharing.
The main gadget Google cites as providing social features is the members gadget. This will enable users of sites signed up to Google Friend to:
- Sign-in with their existing Google, Yahoo, AIM, or OpenID account
- Invite and show activity to existing friends from social networks such as Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, orkut, Plaxo, and more
- Browse member profiles across social networks
- Connect with new friends on your site
Who has signed up?
Google has added four examples of sites that have signed up to the project. They are: My Latest Piece, a filmmaker’s website; Guacamole, a cooking site based around the dip; Ingrid Michaelson, an independent musician’s portal; and BibleApps, an open source developer.
There’s no information as of yet when Friend Connect will be available to the general public.