Its been quite a long time since Google Friend Connect was released for Websites and still it never interested me. I did sign up initially and also integrated it for few hours, but then i didn’t know what to do with it. For me Google Friend Connect was just another service like MyBlogLog! Within a couple of hours I had disintegrated Google Friend Connect from Technically Personal! It was unnecessarily taking up a huge space on my sidebar (and also spoiling my web page load time).
Now, the Google Friend Connect team has announced a new feature: the social bar. The social bar concentrates many of the basic social functions into a small strip at the top or bottom of your webpage. You can use it to complement your existing gadgets and put it on as many or as few of your webpages as you want.
With the social bar, the website visitors will be able to see crucial information at a glance and engage with social features through more convenient drop-down gadgets.
From Google Social Web Blog,
# On the far left, visitors can join your site, see their identity, and edit their profiles and settings.
# Your visitors can also delve into your site’s activity stream to see what’s happening throughout your site. It includes links to recent posts made anywhere on your site, helping other visitors quickly find where the hottest conversations are taking place.
# The wall gadget can host a discussion for the whole site, a section of pages, or each individual page, letting your visitors easily read and leave comments.
# Lastly, visitors can see the other members of your site, check out their profiles to see how like-minded they really are, and even become friends.
Now, this is not something extra-ordinary feature list to boast off, but surely its a step forward. Now I will be interested to see what Facebook does with their Friend Connect service.