Google Friend Connect has been out since last summer, and I’ve been hearing a bit of the buzz surrounding it lately. The other day I decided to go ahead and install it on my blog and see what happens.
First, I should begin with a quick explanation about what GFC is all about. GFC is google’s attempt at providing data portability. Meaning, google is working with pre-existing standards like OpenID, OAuth, Open Social, and Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. SO, when a user logs in to a GFC widget on a blog or web site, they can do so using their user name and password from any of the above-mentioned sites. Having a GFC widget on your site allows you to bring aspects of a social media site to your own blog.
I’ve added just the widget that displays friend’s pictures, but there are other widgets that allow members to leave comments, add video and snippets of audio. I’ve only had the widget up for a few days and already I’ve seen a tiny boost in traffic. As GFC becomes more popular I am sure that traffic from it will increase and the community building aspect will also develop as well.
I’m not usually an early adopter, but I’m giving GFC a whirl and we’ll see how it goes.