Monday, October 24, 2011

This Is Interesting

Up-and-coming social network Google+ will soon be integrated with Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, according to a message now appearing in the “Edit User Profile” section of Blogger’s Settings.

The message reads “Connect Blogger to Google+ : Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger,” and includes links to “Learn more” and ”Get Started.” Unfortunately, the links are dead-ends right now, so we don’t yet know what type of integration is being planned.

The “Learn More” link is currently dumping to this “page not found” message in Blogger’s Help Center, while the “Get Started” link simply redirects logged-in users to their Blogger Dashboard.

Chitu says it’s possible we’ll soon see even deeper integration between Blogger’s commenting system and Google+ comments in the future, thanks to the forthcoming integration. That would position Google+ against Facebook on another front beyond just social networking: blog commenting.

Facebook Comments (such as those used here on TechCrunch) provide a way for authenticated users to sign in using their Facebook credentials in order to leave a comment. The drawback, of course, to using a system such as this is that it requires commenters to post using their “real” identity, not a pseudonym. While somewhat effective against trolling and other bad behaviors, it also has it drawbacks. 
Rumor has it G+ will soon allow pseudonyms, so all the Anons and folks who don't use their real names can rest assured their privacy will be protected (heh... as if anyone is really anonymous on the 'net) if and when Google links Blogger and G+ comments.  I think the linkage of the two systems will be a Good Thang, but I will admit the bloom went off the G+ rose for me a few weeks back.  I haven't even looked at G+ in over a week... I guess I'm just not that social.


  1. I haven't tried the G+, but maybe this will inspire me. Emphasis on maybe.

  2. I haven't checked it in ages. And I don't think I like integrating G+ and Blogger -- I like having several personas!

  3. Well, Buck, I just got around to creating a G+ account using my real name.

    I was going to send you a G+ invite to let you know, but, heh, neither one of us has looked at G+ in a week.

  4. I haven't tried the G+ yet.
    After rumors about it and your blog & comments I must not be missing anything.

  5. Lou: I like G+ better than I liked Facebook, but that ain't sayin' a lot.

    Moogie: Watch out. Too many personae can be damaging to your health.

    Red: I'll look if you will...

    ss: I think G+ is better than the alternative, as noted above.

  6. I think history will see Zuckerberg as a sort of technological Jack the Ripper. Or Typhoid Mary. It will recall things worked kinda sorta okay, until everyone and his dog decided it would be cool to become a social networking site in addition to what they were already doing.

    I also think within six months Microsoft Word will want to become a social networking site. Nah, I'm joking. Kinda.


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