Update: After launching Google plus social networking site, Google have retired Google friend connect on March 21st 2012. I suggest you to create Google plus pages for your Website, as it’s the best and official alternative to Google friend connect.
Its been almost an year I have been using Google friend connect here at Shoutmeloud and in between I have removed the Widget as I was not seeing any direct advantage of Google friend connect in comparison to Facebook fan pages. More over it was taking a prominent spot on my blog sidebar, and increasing load time. The only reason I had to put it back is number of subscriber in Google friend connect . Though It’s not much but anything above 100 is always a good number and we have almost 350 members.
Now here are some good news for bloggers who are using Google friend connect widget on their blog, Google friend connect added more personalize feature recently and now you can make most out of your Google friend connect widget. On the other thought this new personalized feature is useless in comparison to Facebook Fan pages.
According to official announcement from Google team, New features which are added into Google friend connect are
Personalize your website experience
The ice-breaking isn’t limited to your visitors; you’ll learn more about them too. The interests people share make it possible for you to create a more personalized experience on your website in a number of ways:
- Send custom newsletters: The new “Newsletter” section of your account lets you create, send and manage newsletters. And with the help of “Interests,” you can either send out newsletters to all your subscribers, or send out custom newsletters to different segments of your subscribers, based on the interest responses they submit.
- Personalized content gadget: This new Friend Connect gadget automatically presents a dynamic personalized set of links to your site’s content that matches each visitor’s specific interests. Is a visitor learning how to play swing music? Links to articles your site has published about playing swing are presented to him or her.
- Google ads: For those of you who display ads on your website, your Friend Connect account now includes an “AdSense” section that lets you enable Google ad units that are matched both to your site’s content and to the interests users publicly share on your website.
Here is a quick video which will give you more over view of this new features added by Google friend connect team.
I still need to figure out how useful these new gadgets and features are in terms of usage and flexibility. How about you? Are you using Google friend connect on your blog?
Meanwhile you can join Shoutmeloud on Google friend connect from the sidebar.
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