Google launches preview of Friend Connect

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Google’s new social media project called Friend Connect, officially launched today as a preview. The service is attempting to make it easier for ordinary websites to be more socially orientated and give non-technical webmasters a range of social networking features.

Webmasters can insert a snippet of code into their sites to instantly add a range of applications and interactive features that can be accessed via Yahoo, AOL, OpenID and Google logins.

Mussie Shore a product manager at Google, wrote on the company’s official blog:

“Have you ever wished you could share information and interact with friends while visiting some of your favorite websites? There are a number of great social networking sites out there that let you stay connected, but the rest of the web typically hasn’t been social. Yet.”

“You’ll be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web like Facebook, Google Talk, Hi5, LinkedIn, Orkut, Plaxo, and others. And quite simply, you’ll be able to do things together,” wrote Shore.

Unfortunately, Friend Connect will only be available to a limited handful of applicants initially so that Google can gather feedback to refine the service.

You can signup for the wait list here:

Google Blog


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