When Google talks, I at least pay attention. Whether you like them or not, no one can deny that Google has a great deal of KLOUT on the interwebz. This Google Friend Connect thing is the latest scuttlebutt. Of course I have to try it, even though I’m not insanely hopeful that it’s going to do anything for me. Most Google thingies seem to follow the biblical model (paraphrased by me):
To them that hath, more shall be given, and thou that hath not spinneth thy wheels in vain.
I’m pretty skeptical that adding this particular strand of duct tape to my ever growing interconnected ball of online self reference is going to catapault me to Scoble-like popularity, but I like to check these things out anyway from a purely technical perspective.
To set up a friend connect site, go to Google Friend Connect (while logged into your Google account, naturally) and set up a site. It asks you about your site, then it gives you two files you have to install in the root of your site. Once that’s done, you test it, then you set up your widget. Mine is the default. I will invest time in personalizing it only if it shows some promise of being beneficial. Below is supposed to be the basic widget: From what I read at Google, once you click the basic one it will lead you to a place where you can get specialized ones. I don’t know what I’m doing at this point, so here goes!
First try = FAIL to display the widget. So I thought I’d look at the code. In the line where it has setParentUrl it’s kind of confusing. The default is “/” which is filesystem, not URL notation. Plus with my screwey home-rolled WordPress MU, the files live in the root of the blog, not in the root of wordpress. So I decided to take them at their word and put the URL in, which means I changed it to
Alas, worketh not. So I changed it to filesystem notation: