Google slowly upping its ante on social

I seriously do not know why Google is quite doing this on a very low key note, when they always have been known for publicizing anything they do….

Blogger team is quickly fully integrating Friend Connect, so that Blogger users will ultimately have the superset of features Friend Connect provides. With the new Following feature, Blogger users are able to stay updated with favorite blogs and readers can easily follow their blog. Your dashboard now show you how many followers each of your blogs has. With a click on the followers icon, you can browse your followers, see what blogs they write, and read the other blogs they’re following.

Blogger members can add the new “Followers” gadget to their blog (from their blog layout), and show-off their followers to the world.
The followers gadget shows the profile pictures of your followers and gives your readers a “Follow This Blog” link to join up too.

Your followers can also stay updated with your (the author) “Reading List” (blogs that you follow). The new “Blogs I’m Following” tab, automatically shows the latest posts from all the blogs you follow:

If you’re a Google Reader user, you’ll see a special folder in the Reader called “Blogs I’m Following” This is a dynamic folder, full of the subscriptions of the blogs you follow.

This development follows one of my earlier posts which talks about google scrapping their current search alogrithm to a more socially aligned one. I am sure they will pull a rabbit out of their hat again in the near future.

What do you think?

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~ by digivine on September 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “Google slowly upping its ante on social”

  1. I think Google should quit putzing around and get this up and working on Blogger. I have seen them testing it late at night for a few hours but then down it goes and we wait and see some more.

    Any day now I hope.

  2. Just a quick update and a heads up, Google is about to roll out Friend Connect on Blogger blogs. They are currently offering the “Followers” widget. However this will carry Friend Connect when it goes live for the first release on Blogger any day.

    It just depends what code Google feeds the widget. It might be time to spruce up that old Blogger blog that you have been neglecting. Just log into your Blogger account, go to your blog, click customize and then add the “Followers” gadget. Real easy and when a visitor decides to Follow your Blogger blog, your RSS feed is automatically added to their Google Reader in their Google account.

    Yeah, it took Google to take RSS to the main stream. Better late than never.

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