Google Friend Connect introduces the social bar

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In our previous Google Friend Connect posts, we've enjoyed connecting with you, the webmasters, and hearing your feedback about Friend Connect. We're now standing on our own two feet—find us over at the new Social Web Blog where we just announced the new social bar feature.

The social bar packages many of the basic social functions—sign-in, site activities, comments, and members—into a single strip that appears at the top or bottom of your website. You can use it alone, or use it to complement your existing social gadgets, by putting it on the top or bottom of as many of your webpages as you want.

For anyone visiting your site, the social bar offers a snapshot of the activity taking place within your website's community. One click on any these features produces a convenient, interactive drop-down gadget, so users get all the functionality of the Friend Connect gadgets, while you save real estate on your website. With the social bar, visitors can:

  • Join or sign in to your site, view and edit their profiles, and change their personal settings.
  • View recent activity on your website, including new members and posts on any of your pages.
  • Post on your wall or read and reply to others' comments.
  • See the other members of your site, check out other peoples' profiles, and become friends. Users can also find out if any of their existing friends are members of your site.

Watch this quick video to learn how easy it is to add a social bar to your website:

To try out the social bar before deciding whether to add it to your website, visit: