Facebook Fan page widget and Google friend Connect widget are two very popular social media widget we use on our blog. Advantages of using these widgets are
- Shows Community Building
- Blog Fans
- Alternative Way to drive traffic
Though I use both of them here at Shoutmeloud but in terms of usage and flexibility I prefer Facebook Fan pages over Google friend connect. I won’t say Google friend connect is completely useless, with the latest development and feature addition in Google friend connect, it is become useful. Though I still feel Google friend connect is running almost 2 years behind what Facebook Fan page is providing.
Google friend connect added some new features recently but again those features are something which we already have with facebook fan page.
Google friend connect newsletter feature seems to be more effective in comparison to facebook fan page Messages. but again facebook users are more active in comparison to Google friend connect users.
This is something which I always missed with Google friend connect as people who have joined facebook fan page. They get the update on their timeline on Facebook home page. But in Google friend connect again this is not possible.
Google never miss a chance to educate people about adsense, and make most out of adsense ads. Its interest based ads run best with this new feature. Though again you need to configure and target audience will be very small, until unless you have plenty of members in your Google friend connect kitty.
Community Data Feature
Community data feature let you see more insight on your subscriber stats, but again I find Facebook fan pages insight feature much better. Though Google friend connect Export community feature is something unique and I like it.
Why don’t you share your point of view and let us know, which one you will vote for? Google friend connect or facebook fan pages?