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Social Traffic and Google Friend Connect

Updated on April 23, 2009

Social Traffic

Social Traffic began as an experiment to see what a small group of dedicated social marketers could do when being taught cutting edge social marketing strategies and working together as a group.

The Social Traffic training included activities, learning sessions, training videos and project-based tasks covering all major aspects of social marketing and create a strong foundation of knowledge for aspiring social marketers to build their social marketing careers.

Equally important and infinitely more fun, is the relationships that are built with other social marketers who are also becoming experts in the field.

What is Google Friend Connect

Google Friend Connect is a simple, but powerful way to add social feaures to your website without having to hire a team of programmers to do it for you. You simply have to add a couple of lines of code to add it to your site.

WIthin your GFC widgets you will be able to grow your community. In fact every blog or site can form a community around it. Communities where people of similar ideas and interests can interact, collaborate and socialize. Your community members will be able to invite their friends from other social networks to expand your community.

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      Eddie Rogers 8 years ago

      GFC has made social networking a lot easier, and is a great way to stay in touch with friends. The great thing is that it can be implemented into any website and most blogging platforms without needing to know any programming skills, just a couple of lines ofcode copied and pasted into any editor. Goes to show new technology does not have to be over complicated, and that's whatmakes GFC so good.

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      Shane Belceto 8 years ago from WA USA

      Agree Johnathon me too as you will see from my profile.  

      Glad my eyes have been open now though myself. 

      ~Expect Miracles

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      acting_career 8 years ago

      Thanks for this article. Google Friend Connect is an amazing, exciting tool.


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      spiritniche 8 years ago

      I'll guess you agree that GFC deserves priority attention and that Social Traffic training gets one ready to use it intelligently. Can't imagine where I'll be without this focus moving forward. And then...all the wonderful community benefits....namaste, Pierre

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      Jonathan.Rivera 8 years ago

      I feel kinda silly here.

      I checked out Hub Pages a while back and didn't really get too interested. Now that I'm going through Simon's article marketing course again, I am really digging it.

      I just posted my first Hub, and it happens to be on Google Friend Connect ~*Surpirse*~ But seriously, I am really into these Hubs. Thanks for the lead Doug!

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      netweblogic 8 years ago

      Great post! GFC in a nutshell, and the power and influence a group of people can have promoting a product more efficiently than the corporation that owns it!

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      Geary Morales 8 years ago


      This Google 'Friend Connect' along with the other highly effective and efficient integrated social media marketing strategies and tactics - is I believe Web 3.0? What say you?


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      Michele 8 years ago

      Powerful combination!!!


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      DebbieZachry 8 years ago from San Francisco- East Bay Area

      Doug - great info about GFC & the add value it can bring to your blog site. Builidng the communities, the interaction of the members, sharing & conversing with other like-minded individuals who share your interest really steps up the game. ~Debbie

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      maerichl 8 years ago

      This is very informative, thanks for sharing. I am really loving GFC.



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      JoLynn Braley 8 years ago from U.S.A.

      Doug, great explanation of GFC - to the point and easy to understand, thanks!


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      corporate-estate 8 years ago from Pakistan

      social traffic has been an amazing and life changing experience for me. cheers to social traffic and Simon for the amazing tutorial videos.

      Future is already here... infact lol ... i think are leaving the future behind us already and making our own destinies... in a very very connected world!... small world ...getting smaller every day...


      Owais Iqbal

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      stevebuchalter 8 years ago from Knysna, South Africa

      Being involved in leaning the power of social networking in marketing has been an eye opener. Now Im really ecited to get into GoogleFriendconnect

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      bookmark3 8 years ago from Illinois

      It is fascinating to be able to watch this development from the beginning. I am convinced that it will change the social landscape yet again.

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      jkoritz 8 years ago

      I see 59% of people already have GFC, with your article, it has cleared up my questions so now I am ready to join Google Friends Connect (GFC). What a great modem to join like minded and curious people to our own or favorite web sites by simply installing a widget. Thanks social traffic for getting this information out and keeping it simple. julianne koritz

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      addytseng 8 years ago from Tacoma

      It is really by participating in team sports that we learn it is easier than doing "it" alone.

      I am especially pleased I am beginning to recognize certain people's mug shots on GFC widgets. As early adopters it almost guarantees those faces are from STI. :-)

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      michaelqtodd 8 years ago

      Lets just do what Simon asks us too for the next couple of weeks and bust this thing to the top of the search engines

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      Jonathan.Rivera 8 years ago

      Now our scrappy team at Social Traffic has turned its sights to defeating Google on their search engine results.

      When we succeed here, the world will know that Social Traffic is a seuperforce in Social Media. Stay tuned as we takeover the Google Search results for the term, "Google Friend Connect."

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      johnkarnold 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida USA

      I have been doing health insurance over the internet since the late 1990's. At the time I began, the internet had not caught on anywhere like it is today. Over the past 10 to 15 years there have been some signficant changes, with Google's entry changing internet use in a way that made it far more useful and effective for all. Google was a evolutionary leap in our relationship to worldwide content. We are now in the midst of another evolutionary leap, social media. In the past, it was advertise and attract clients. Social media brings out a new interactive dynamic. People can find each other and collaborate worldwide. It is becoming increasingly clear that there are those part of this leap and collaboration and those resisting it. As the Borg say in Star trek "Resistance is futile" The difference is this leap is a lot of fun. Social Traffic has come forward to make this leap fun and useful.

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      TomVarga 8 years ago from Utah, USA

      Doug, Great explanation of the Google Friend Connect widget and video.

      I am glad to be apart of the rising tream who is leading the social traffic industry.

      Tom Varga

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      katypeterson 8 years ago from Utah, USA

      I am glad to be apart of team that is pioneering social marketing. We are all becoming wizards. Once accomplished, I cant wait to work with the group and help everyone build their businesses as a team.

      Thanks for your explanation of google friend connect. Well done and a great video. Two thumbs up!

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      Joao Moraes 8 years ago

      I'm sure there are more unique expertizes to learn at Social Traffic and it's is a rare community with high quality members and evolving.

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      George Poe 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Social Traffic has certainly taken more than one or two moderately paced internet marketers into the fast lane. This has been a unique and unmissable experience and one which many have rewarded with their commitment to a superbly orchestrated social media marketing campaign.

      What's next?

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      Shane Belceto 8 years ago from WA USA

      Great artical thank YOU for sharing...

      I myself loved the numbers it took to reach the top in fact think I too will write an artical about it today and share with you all   It truly just took a team effort to reach these results.  Targeted and socialized for Google Friend connect video to hit and as you will see stay at the number one spot.   Yay TEAM!

      ~Expect Miracles

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      aviavia 8 years ago

      Thanks doug. Just voted. If any one needs help with the code I'll gladly help.

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      Lela Bryan 8 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Google Friend Connect is like a little underground tunnel and as Simon Ford mentioned in one of his Youtube Videos, he said that GFC will eventually connect every thing on the internet. Pretty awesome.

      I was able to install Google Friend Connect and I have trouble installing my license plate tabs on my car... ok ok just kidding.

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      twofishees 8 years ago

      I love this concept: organizing many for the good of all. It's so organizc and poweful. The results speak for themselves. I love even more that we can utilize an easy-to-use tool like GFC to to gel it all together!

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      dknow225 8 years ago

      The use of Google Friend Connect has allowed a determined social networking organization like Social Traffic to become a leader in it's use of this new online tool. Not only have they mastered the use of GFC but they have also found effective ways to raise their own instructional video product to the top of googles search engines beating out the creators themselves before the masses have even had the opportunity to fully utilize this product. Marketing on the internet is all about who can move the greatest number of people to act at the most opportune moment and Social Traffic has come out of the starter's blocks in good form to set the pace and show others how it is done.


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      racerx12345 8 years ago

      Looking forward to trying out GFC, and will twitter the results.

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      Authentic Sports 8 years ago

      This has truly been an outstanding experience for those of us involved. Not only did we get great training, but we had fun and made new friends that are simply awesome! sas.edbd

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      Colleen Lilly 8 years ago

      GFC is like having a cup of coffee with friends on your website - great technology!

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      rebeccahappy 8 years ago from Canada

      I have yet to make a website but can't wait until I can find all my friends in one place. I am so glad I learned about it here and it is any easy thing to put in place to make it happen.



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      Jennifer Akers 8 years ago

      It's amazing what a powerful tool Google Friend Connect is...and you don't need to be a coder to add it to your site. I think every site or blog should utilize Google Friend Connect and enjoy their own community of supporters. With every member being able to invite friends and expand your community, it's a great way to unite people of similar interests to collaborate and socialize on your website or blog.  

      Thanks for the great information.




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      annewalshcoach 8 years ago from Galway, Ireland

      Hi Doug...thanks for this. Clear consise explanation...Best wishes

      Anne agw.edbd