{CrypticSN} wants to be your friend

Today I received a spam-like email: from {CrypticSN@gmail.com}{CrypticSN} invited you to be their friend. Click here to go to My Latest Piece where {CrypticSN} found you. I looked at the URL for the link, and it did redirect to “mylatestpiece.com”. Being the cynical “don’t click links in email” person that I am, I typed in[…]

The end of an era

In addition to this blog, I’ve maintained one related to running at http://runlikeagrrl.livejournal.com for several years (my oldest listed post is my review of my first marathon in October 2004). Livejournal was a great platform at the time – it incorporated a notion of friending that is still more robust than what most social networking[…]

More thoughts on Google FriendConnect

Today I was walking someone through the Google Friend Connect examples. I’m always logged into Google, so I wasn’t aware of the number of authentication steps that are required to actually use GFC. We had to go to the appropriate site, then sign into google. THEN register with the appropriate social network. At the first[…]

Google Friend Connect – first (premature) thoughts

My thoughts are premature, because I haven’t actually seen Google Friend Connect (GFC; can I call it GFC?) in action, I’ve only seen the few screenshots that google has released. That being said, I thought I’d respond to my impressions or understandings of the service, before seeing what it really is. That way if I’m[…]

Google Does The Open Brand

Resource’s Love Triangle = Google Friend Connect Sign-in (OpenId) = consumer Friends (OAuth) = community Apps (OpenSocial) = brands The consumer and the community exist, and there is some infrastructure available to support what they wish to accomplish. OpenId and OAuth are examples of how we are aware of user needs for data portability as[…]