Promote your event with a new gadget

Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 12:25 PM

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Google Calendar has always been a great tool for planning group events, and whether it's a concert by your favorite band or a new exhibit at your local museum, attending an event with people who share your passion for classic rock or modern art can make the experience all the more enjoyable. Today we're launching a new event gadget for Google Friend Connect that lets site owners spread the word about upcoming events that may be of interest to their communities.

Do you run a website about local biking trails? Use the event gadget to organize a group ride by posting a public event on your site. Members of your site can sign in and RSVP, and their responses will appear directly on the website. Visitors can see if any of their friends will be joining, and can add the event to their personal Google Calendars with just a click. To ensure that no one gets lost on the way, a Google Map showing the event's location is automatically embedded. Of course, that doesn't mean you should limit yourself to physical events -- host a virtual meet-up or "webinar" and share all of the important dial in codes through the event gadget.



Visit our sample site to try out the gadget for yourself or go to google.com/friendconnect to add one to your own site.

17 comments:

Barry said...

It's too bad that Google Friend Connect cannot be used on Yahoo! store websites. Unfortunately, Google requires that a page on the host website be named rpc_relay.html, but Yahoo! Merchant Solutions web page naming conventions don't allow an underscore character -- the only special character allowed is the dash. If Google would allow rpc-relay.html as an alternate page name, the problem would be solved and we would be able to try it.

dunn said...

things i would like to see it improved in the next:

1) the attached youtube to be auto-size-adjustable according to the size of widget set by user.

2) should popup a sign-in panel when clicking the "i am going/ i am not going" if whom are not yet sign-in.

3) the event could connect to that in calendar, which can sync the status (who is going, and how is not going) in the event in calendar

4) can further communicate through email once the member/ friend can not always come to the blog.(email alert, etc.)

thanks, it is a good widget i would like to say, keep going the good job.

Cyber Monday said...

dude. i love this gadget. thanks for the insight.
jay
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Nou Nou said...

I just tried publishing it on a Wordpress Built site, and it does not work. And that was pasting the code directly into the HTML...What a shame.

I was going to use it for a large SEO Event.

KB said...

Can't you create social events from existing Google calendars/Google Apps calendar events?

right2say said...

Will visitors be able to add an event in the website. I don't see that in the sample site but it is shown in the video.

right2say said...

I don't see the option for user to add events from the site. It is shown in the video demo but not available in the demo site.

Harpal Gujral said...

How do we add this to Blogger?

Since I could expand the "Followers" gadget and see the canvas.html on my new blog I'm trying to setup, I assumed one could just plug-in the generated HTML in the post but it does not seem to work.

Any ideas?

Architect Asif Equbal said...

very good

ASAP Alliance said...

Hi, some good comments here and valid questions but no answers from Google. That's a shame, rather defeats the purpose don't you think?

tamil said...

Google friend connector:
Is that possible to integrate to our blogs?

Richard Ivan Barrett said...

This is cool for web design im going to usee it for my site www.richardivanbarrett.com thanks google

AKASAS said...

Is it possible to integrate "paypal" or "googlecheck-out" feature so that the event organizer can collect payment in order to reserve a seat.

In other words, selling the tickets for the event.

If possible, how?

Really appreciated.

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JOSÉ DE ALMEIDA FERREIRA said...

Great :)

Serving The One said...

I like this gadget in my blogspot page. However, it works fine in Firefox, but not in IE. Any way of fixing this?

How 2 Make Green said...

Is there anyway to add categories to the even gadget and remove the RSVP feature? I have a site and I want to categorize each event by state or country.