Google Friend Connect: Look, ma...no files!

Friday, October 2, 2009 | 10:22 AM

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Normally when we misplace files here at the Googleplex, we ask our best engineers to get them back. But today, we've gotten rid of a few files on purpose, and we're happy to see them go!

Today, we're making it even easier to get started with Google Friend Connect. We've heard from a number of you that uploading files to activate your website is not always easy. So starting today, you no longer have to worry about downloading or uploading files. Setting up a new website just involves entering your site's name and URL upon logging into www.google.com/friendconnect.

Additionally, we've updated the "canvas mode" that's used inside gadgets. So now, when you click the zoom icon in the upper right corner of some gadgets, you'll see a lightbox that displays the gadgets' contents, instead of being taken to a new webpage.


To get started with Google Friend Connect, visit www.google.com/friendconnect.

25 comments:

kelsey said...

fantastic!

kelsey said...

though the cursor is not set to pointer for the user-pic in the comments gadget...

Mr.Wizard said...

So does that mean I can delete some files from my FTP? Which ones?

Nyarnon said...

So how does this help a google sites user.

Paul said...

yep, all you need to do is verify that the referer is not something else other than the domain entered.

dellfalconer said...

Looks like it's not rolled out everywhere yet. I don't notice any difference.

Jonathan said...

Kelsey -- Noted, thanks. :)

My. Wizard -- You can safely delete rpc_relay.html and canvas.html if you've uploaded them.

Nyarnon -- Supporting Google Sites is a great idea. Currently, due to due to security precautions, using Friend Connect on Google Sites is not possible.

dellfalconer -- Blogger blogs powered by Friend Connect will receive the new lightboxes soon for their gadgets. Apologies for missing that in my post.

dellfalconer said...

It's not my Blogger blog I meant. I added an entirely new site of mine and didn't see the new gadget. Not sure how it's supposed to work. What's to keep people from adding sites that don't belong to them?

jterleski said...

dellfalconer -- If the gadget has the zoom icon in the top right (the two interlinked boxes), clicking it will take you to a "lightbox" mode. Try it on the members gadget on this blog.

To your other question, if someone adds a site that's not theirs, they can't put gadgets on it or view data from the gadgets the real owner has embedded.

Doug said...

The sign in widget doesn't appear to work anymore:

"We're sorry...

This gadget is configured incorrectly. Webmaster hint: Please ensure that "Friend Connect Settings - Home URL" matches the URL of this site."

dellfalconer said...

OK, so you mean you still have to add at least one widget, meaning you have to add some code snippet to at least one file, then publish that file. But you don't need to add files provided by Google to the server in order to activate the site for Google Friends. Right?

musikji said...

good luck... gfc ...the world networking

robert said...

1. Will "Canvas" continue to be supported?
2. [useLightBoxForCanvas: false,] doesn't seem to be working. I've tried [useLightBoxForCanvas: 'false',] too.
3. The "New tab opened bug" (which I understand is being worked on).
4. Would it be possible to change the call to open the lightbox on the same page?
e.g. http://domain.com/gadgetpage.html?fcsite=XXX&fcprofile=XXX
Rather than the root domain.
e.g. http://domain.com/?fcsite=XXX&fcprofile=XXX
Firstly because it is confusing for the user and secondly there are occasions when a site owner may not have a gadget on the index page.

F1 Market Solutions said...

Would be nice if this worked in a WordPress Widget.

Diversity of Ovda8aO said...

I am first on web googlefried. It is powerful today. I works every edge of program. I has a domain server but no logon user. I talks to hotel manager who says a DVD better than computer. I do not think so this. As I agrees to give her a DVD of program to apply Domain name service.

Brian Nuñez said...

muy interesante

Ramunė ir Ramūnas said...

Any roadmap on supporting Google Sites ?

KARYA TIMUR said...

makasih.

Dlusion said...

I can´t seem to get it working now, i had it working on an older site with the rpc and canvas, and now on this new site, nothing happens, just a bar pops up

Paul said you just need to verify the refferer, maybe thats the part im having trouble with, im not sure

heres a link to the site im trying to put it in
http://thebaroom.com/social/social.html

JohnnyO said...

Curious. I want to use friend connect to build a social networking site. I have built other SNS's sites in the past, but they have all revolved around a login page that was consistant with the site's login data field. Now with friend connect, I understand they can authorize through google, but what information would be available for my database after I connect them through friend connect?

D.Srinivas said...

Hello a Quick question!
Correct me if I am wrong At this momment of time i can not friend connect in my orkut application Right????

Melissa said...

Since the update, how do you change the URL setting?

Laurent LL said...

Hi,

I have a french web site that talk about flyfishing powored by google but Friend connect don't work with it.

Do you know if it'is possible to insert google friends connect into google sites ?

Thank you for your answer,
Laurent.

www.lesamismoucheurs.com
www.mytechnologie.net

Laurent LL said...

Hi everybody,

Do you known when Google Friend Connect will work with a web site powored by google ?

I have a french google web site (www.lesamismoucheurs.com) but it doesn't work with it.

Thanks for your reply,
Laurent.

Nyarnon said...

No you cant use it on Google Sites, since a few years, at Google, one hand doesn't know anymore what the other does. Call it the price of success or the beginning of the end.