Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 1:40 PM
While it's easy to add social features to your site with Google Friend Connect, you may have been wondering where to put all of the great gadgets. You need your users to sign in, to interact with your site, and to find those like-minded strangers... but pixels are precious, and you're not sure how to make more space alongside the wonderful content that brought people to your site in the first place.
The Friend Connect Team is here to help. We're happy to announce a new feature: the social bar. The social bar concentrates many of the basic social functions into a small strip at the top or bottom of your webpage. You can use it to complement your existing gadgets and put it on as many or as few of your webpages as you want.
With the social bar, your visitors will be able to see crucial info at a glance and engage with social features through convenient drop-down gadgets.
- On the far left, visitors can join your site, see their identity, and edit their profiles and settings.
- Your visitors can also delve into your site's activity stream to see what's happening throughout your site. It includes links to recent posts made anywhere on your site, helping other visitors quickly find where the hottest conversations are taking place.
- The wall gadget can host a discussion for the whole site, a section of pages, or each individual page, letting your visitors easily read and leave comments.
- Lastly, visitors can see the other members of your site, check out their profiles to see how like-minded they really are, and even become friends.
Watch the video below to learn how to add a social bar to your site.
You can also see the social bar in action on this example site that Mussie Shore created.
We hope your visitors (and your pixels) like the new social bar and will put it to good use.