After adding a few Google Friend Connect widgets to my site, I’ve determined that relationship just wont work out. GFC looks like trash. All the widgets must be pre-formatted to a specific pixel width and height. I’ve spent hours searching for this theme, tweaking it, crafting everything to the em, and making sure everything integrates perfectly. Imagine spending hours baking the perfect multi-layer wedding cake and then at the end, scribbling the name of the bride and groom on a few sticky notes and slapping them on the frosted flowers. Sure, value is being added, but at what cost?
I was a bit afraid that Google had the girth to capture some of the potential mainstream demographic from Disqus but now I realize that Google’s going for the cut-copy-paste website owners. Google used to be so good at design but somehow they’re becoming the web2.0 version of good ol’ 90′s Geocities.
Disqus will soon have more mainstream accessibility with the comming addition of Facebook Connectect. Facebook Connect will achieve the same “value added” as Google— linking Facebook accounts with websites— but with the elegance and tailored integration of Disqus blog connection.