Whats missing from Google Friend Connect

February 25th, 2009 by Derek Anderson Leave a reply »

Update: Thanks to Kevin for commenting and helping me to understand Google Friend Connect a bit better.
Sorry for my mini rant. I guess what happened is I clicked on 5 or 6 different avatars in the widget and each one happened to be from someone that never filled out their profile. There were no links to anything other than WidgetsLab. Seeing nothing, I wrongly assumed that I needed to “Friend” them to see their info.
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Are there sites where you have to become friends without seeing anything about the person beforehand?

The “Connect” seems to be missing.

google-sm.gifYes I can “invite” or “request” to be added as a “Friend” but I can’t simply click on a user’s avatar and go directly to their site. (or even a bio with a link to their site)

Now I understand the SPAM potential here…but if I discover SPAM I could simply block that “Friend” and move on. As it stands, I have no idea what each person is blogging or writing or even Stumbling about.

I have to become a “Friend” to someone I know absolutely nothing about (except what picture they chose for an avatar)

Thats it!

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I want everyone to submit a pic ( a link in the comments will be perfect) of one Avatar that they are curious about, I’ll use my intuitive skills to determine what type of “friend ” this entity will be and I will publish the results right in this post!

I say that if Google wants a successful social network…they need to work on the basics and worry about integrating YouTube later.

3 comments

  1. Kevin Marks says:

    Yes you can Derek – click on any icon in the friends gadget and see their profile, recent activities and sites they have joined.

    You can use a Google profile, or link one from Orkut, Plaxo, Blogger or Twitter – just click on settings in the friends gadget to change this, and to add in more potential friends.

  2. Billy says:

    I am thinking the same thing. Since adding friend connect I haven’t seen any enhancements to the social aspect of the site. I wonder if this will change in time

  3. Avatar says:

    well. i do can say that comments have gone up a little.

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