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Google’s Social Networking Site: Friends Connect

 

According to wikipedia, Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies and Web 3.0 is a term used to describe the future of the World Wide Web. Following the introduction of the phrase “Web 2.0” as a description of the recent evolution of the Web, many technologists, journalists, and industry leaders have used the term “Web 3.0″ to hypothesize about a future wave of Internet innovation.

The latest social networking tool from Google called ‘Friends Connect” seems to combine both web 2.0 and web 3.0 and has made social networking more accessible to all, just about anyone who uses the world wide web. The new era is all about open channels of communication and creativity and Google has once again cleared the pathway for it. Using Google’s new Friend Connect product, any Web page, whether it is devoted to curling or pizza or a folk singer, can allow visitors to make and connect with other “friends” who visit that site. Like any major social network today, any Web page using Friend Connect could easily present to each user the names and pictures of friends and potential friends. Those people could then post messages to one another. Read here.

Dan Fraber in his article in news.com says Google has been taking a more open and distributed approach with its OpenSocial API, which allows compliant applications to work across any social network. By extension, Friend Connect would provide glue to allow any site to add a social dimension and build connections to other social networks.

From the looks of it Friends Connect seems simpler to set up and use than Facebook or MySpace since with Friend Connect, the owner of a Web site would add a snippet of code to its page. Google’s servers would handle the rest.

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May 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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  1. Something like that would be a great idea. So then user interaction would not be restricted to Web 2.0 sites alone and even static sites could join in and ride the wave.

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