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Thursday, May 14, 2009 | 3:10 PM

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You spend a lot of time creating great content for your site, but are you ever curious about which parts of your website your community likes best? Now you and your visitors can easily find out with the new Recommendation gadgets for Google Friend Connect.


Members can recommend the content they like, anything from a whole page to a single photo, by simply clicking a button. Then you and anyone who visits your site can see what parts of your site are the most popular. The items with the most votes will surface to the top of the list, making it easier for others to find even if it's buried deep within your site. You can even see which members have recommended a given item and learn more about them.

To learn more about the recommendation gadgets, check out this sample site or watch the video below:


To add the recommendation gadgets to your site, go to google.com/friendconnect. And if you're interested in developing your own gadgets for Friend Connect, make sure to check out the Google Friend Connect Gadgets: Best Practices in Code and Interaction Design session at Google I/O. On Wednesday, May 27th, at 1:45pm, our own Ryan Boyd and Jonathan Terleski will be hosting a discussion about the best practices for designing and writing OpenSocial gadgets for the million of sites and blogs using Friend Connect. Members of the Friend Connect team will also be on hand during office hours to answer your questions. Hope to see you there.

13 comments:

robert said...

Nice!
Quickly implemented this on my "hobby project" and will be using it on my "proper" site too.

Thanks Google team!

LxC9ITB6uYofDe361nSueYDeeSxc said...

This is a good gadget. I'd like to add the Recommend button for each word in my dictionary. Can I have the javascript to display the Recommend button instead of using the gadget for performance sake? Thank you.

Tenkely said...

I would like to see if this could be rolled into the area under each Blogger post where the labels, date, comments, rating, etc are. That way people could recommend each post individually AND not have to go to that specific page to do it. (I keep 5-6 posts on the main page)

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scimandar (मंदार) said...

I like to deploy this Gadget on my weblog. However, my attempt to deploy this gadget is failed. Can anyone share their experiences?

Claudia said...

Tenkely, you need to add the button code using conditionals. In this way, your friends will be able to recommend your single posts.

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Dustin Kava said...

Want to implement this on my music review site. Multiple recommends on a page are key. 6 post or so per page. I really wish there was some sort blogger tutorial to do this.

Lissandro Dittmar said...

If you want to place the recomendation gadget in your blogger.com blog, read this:

http://blog.lissandro.de/2009/05/google-friend-connect-recommendation.html

its german, but easy to understand because of the pictures.

ARUN P said...

hey nice gadget......

thnx.....

http://itsmymem.blogspot.com

Felina Petrarchae said...

Hi,

thanks a lot for this indeed, I've just added it to my blog, along with some tips for Blogger users.

http://www.loscuadernosdejulia.com/2009/06/some-social-features-and-tips-on-using.html

Plus there's a tip on using advanced segments in Analytics for tracking Social Media traffic.

http://www.lakestarmedia.com/blog/post/2009/05/06/Tracking-Social-Media-Referrals-in-Google-Analytics-Econsultancy-Tip.aspx

Also... does Google Analytics have any plans in the pipeline to introduce automatic tracking of clicks on outbound links?? To my knowledge, one still needs to place additional code at the end of the links, to have them tracked, and it's obviously a pain. Considering that some competitors already do this, I just can't see what prevents Google from adding this really useful feature.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Julia

Kat @ Fantasy Literature said...

I just put this on my website (about 880 pages). I use a template, so it was easy. We use it to recommend favorite fantasy authors.

taurayi said...

i have done some changes on my weblog bt still no traffic very low any ideas, new to the system.
thanks