Google Feature – Google Friend Connect
Google Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We added the widget on our self-hosted WordPress GoldenTwine blog to power our site’s community.
But with the launch of Google+ in June 2011, Google started retiring many of its services and products.
Google announced yesterday the retiring of many services including its website based community building feature, Google Friend Connect, for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.
Google announced on their Official Blog on November 23, 2011:
This is our third blog post in our off-season spring cleaning series. To recap, we’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience. In terms of the details, here is the latest update:
Google Friend Connect – Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch.
Read more on Google Official Blog
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