Google Friend Connect API Available in Labs

MAR 12, 2009
By Mussie Shore, Product Manager - Google Friend Connect

Today we are excited to make the Google Friend Connect API available to developers. Google Friend Connect lets a site owner instantly awaken and strengthen the community that visits their web site.

Friend Connect has enabled tens of thousands of sites like, and millions of blogs like, to build their communities. Now, we are pleased to open up the service to the broader development community. With Google Friend Connect, two of our primary goals are to:

The combination of ease and openness puts visitors and site owners in full control of their social information, activities, and relationships throughout the web. As a developer, the Labs release of our API lets you:

In addition, we have used the APIs to build open source plugin samples that integrate into popular commenting and content systems including WordPress, Drupal, and phpBB.

This release is documented in To take advantage of the the API on your site, go to and visit the "for developers" section to grab the snippet that enables the new API on your site.

We're looking forward to hearing your feedback, and to seeing how the development community will combine their creativity, Google Friend Connect, and these APIs to enrich the open social web. Make sure to check out Google I/O on May 27 - 28 where you can meet the engineering team and learn more about the Google Friend Connect API.