This evening, I received an invite from my uncle to stop by his blog and join Google Friend Connect. I didn’t know what the heck that was, so I took a little trip over to his blog to find out.
What did I say to myself when I landed on his page? “Hey look, it’s those cool little pictures of people.” I have seen them around, but the ones that I saw were run by Yahoo! and right now, Yahoo! isn’t my favorite provider of things on the web. They do a fine job with many things, but others do finer jobs, if you know what I mean. Either way, I always wanted to add those neat little photos to my blog.
Okay, what I am talking about is this; Google just launched a service call “Friend Connect.” It’s kind of like a social networking widget type thing that you can add to your site. People can sign up and join your website (right through the widget), and when they do, their photo and information shows up. Also included are links to their favorite sites. I think this is a marvelous little invention, so I hooked it up on my blog.
Why is this cool? Because when a user’s photo is shown on a website, people might click on that user’s photo, especially if they are hot (eh hem). When they click, all of that user’s favorite websites will show. When the sites are displayed, someone may be inclined to click one or two of them. “Oh, now I see.” says you.
Basically, it’s another viral marketing technique. I know when to jump on these things.
Currently, I have two people signed up on my blog. Myself and my uncle. That’s pretty pitiful, so would you kindly sign up? That would make me happy. It’s over there to the right.
By the way, I almost forgot to mention, you can sign up under your Google account, Yahoo account, AIM account or OpenID account.