Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM
This guest post was written by Eiji Kitamura, a developer of one of the biggest portal sites in Japan called "goo". On May 21st, 2009, "goo home" publicly launched the first Japan oriented OpenSocial container. He is also a Google API Expert, PHP Shindig contributer, and leader of the SocialWeb Japan community. - Ed.
My name is Eiji Kitamura and I developed the Footprints gadget for Google Friend Connect. This gadget let's you see which of your members have recently visited your site by displaying up to 10 of their footprints. The gadget shows the name of the visitor, their photo, and the approximate time they last visited your site. Clicking on a visitor's photo will take you to their profile, where you can learn more about them and add them as a friend. Your visitors will have the option to remove their own footprints if they do not want to appear in the gadget.
Creating a gadget for Friend Connect was as simple as creating an OpenSocial gadget. Most of specs are exactly the same, except for the concept of permissions. OpenSocial gadgets on social network services always have someone as an owner, but Friend Connect gadgets have the site itself as the owner and the members of the site are then treated as friends of the owner.
To learn more about creating Friend Connect gadgets, visit Google Code. And visit my blog to see the Footprints gadget in action.