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The Developer’s Guide to Social Programming: Building Social Context Using Facebook, Google Friend Connect, and the Twitter API by Mark D. Hawker

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9 An Overview of Google Friend Connect

Google Search was their first venture, but now Google offers other products and services, such as e-mail, online mapping, video sharing, web browsing, and mobile operating systems (to name but a few). Google also invests a lot of time in social networking with their Facebook and MySpace competitor orkut and Google Friend Connect, enabling users to connect with friends on third-party social applications. With the Google Friend Connect JavaScript API, you can access content such as user profiles and friends and can generate “activities” from a Google Friend Connect site directly using JavaScript.

This chapter explores (through code snippets, discussion, and a sample application called Color Picker) the inner ...

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