Google Friend Connect Review

Today I was invited to join Google Friend Connect.
It’s a service that will transform an average run of the mill blog into a social network that rivals Facebook.
Or something like that, I think.

In practice, I’m not really sure what the advantage of such a service is.

I’m always up for trying new things, especially shiny new Web 2.0 services (a full review of Artiklz is coming after I’ve had a chance to play around with it a little more).
I added the little widget, which allows users (you) to “Join” my site, and display your picture on my site.
There are also options for adding ratings and comments, and a Facebook style wall.

That’s it.

That’s Google’s answer to Facebook (aside from Orkut, which 99% of you don’t know how to pronounce, let alone what it is).

I removed the Friend Connect members widget after 90 seconds.

The features were not nearly nice enough for it to replace Disqus or Outbrain for me.

The Inquisitr, a great technology blog I frequent, has also added Friend Connect, so I will keep an eye on them to see what they do with it.

I apologize if this post is too techie for my regular readers. I’ll make up for it by posting a cute video or lolcat later this week.