Google seems to be on a roll lately with new product launches, and Friend Connect is just the latest in that line.
What exactly does this new feature do for you? The Official Google Blog has more on it, but essentially it allows you to sign into sites using your logins from Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID, and “join” a site so that you can communicate with other people who have joined the same site. Essentially you can think of it as a Web wide social network.
Site owners can add other widgets to their site beyond the community module (pictured to the right), but thus far we have yet to see any site with other modules installed. As you can see, you’ll be able to browse the other members of the site you are on, and you can also see how many of the members of the site are already friends of yours.
Honestly, it’s fun to join a site, but I don’t see a lot of benefits thus far beyond showing a blog how popular they are. I’ve joined a few sites, and I do have it installed on my personal blog, SeanPAune.com, but I’m not sure what it is going to do for me beyond just being there. We are sure there will be more uses down the road for it, but for now, it won’t hurt you to get in on the ground floor of what could become the social network of the blogosphere in short order.
If anyone would like to see it here on StarterTech, let us know, we haven’t decided if we are bringing it here yet.