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Using Google Friend Connect's Review and Rate Social Gadget

Google Friend Connect is now open for all and live at I have added this functionality to this blog (look blew to see how it looks and fits in).
Friend Connect is basically Google's attempt at creating 'Facebook and MySpace kind of Social features'. According to Google: "You'll be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web like Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, LinkedIn, orkut, Plaxo, and others. And quite simply, you'll be able to do things together."

Google has made it quite easy for people on its Blogger platform to implement it of their blogs! It hardly took me 15 minutes to configure and customize Friend Connect for two of my blogs!

If, the blog is hosted on, one only has to login, add site, customize and add code to the blog. However other websites will have to upload two files on the web server - one for gadget functionality (canvas.html) and the other for security features (rpc_relay.html).

Although there aren’t many real Social Gadgets (Only 2 till now) that can be added yet …but it won’t be long before we see more Gadgets with great functionality.

One of the social Gadget now available with Friend Connect is Review/Rate Gadget (Google login required)that will let your friends to add Star Ratings and their own reviews to a video, article, book, photo, song, movie, comic, or anything else under the sun that you might have reviewed.

A comment at my old post about making Star rating work for custom blogger tells me that a lot of people with be happy with this Review and Rating gadget. Chris Bunting of Nonjatta who runs a great blog on Japanese Whiskey wanted: "help readers to my blog give reactions to individual whiskies that are being reviewed (rather than to the blog post itself)."

This functionality can usually be seem only on some big site. And now this functionality can be easily achieved on Blogger blogs (and others) using Friend Connect Review/Rate Gadget. The only thing to be kept in mind while configuring to gadget is to set the Scope of the Gadget to Page instead of Site.
See the image below:

After following the simple steps, copy paste the generated code onto your blog. And you are done.
Now, your friend (who are within your network) would be able to add their own reviews and ratings to whatever you might have reviewed. Here's how it will look like:

When I tried it out, the Star ratings wasn't working. Guess they are still working on a lot of things and they are telling the world about it :)

It will only get better and the way Google is coming up with new features to complete with other, it won't be long till we see more richer and more useful social Gadgets in Google's Friend Connect.


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