I mentioned last night that you should “join” my site using FriendConnect, Google’s service for adding social tools to sites. What I’ve enjoyed so far about FriendConnect is the way in which it makes public the individuals who hang out here. I don’t have a huge audience, but those who do hang out tend to come back relatively frequently. In much the same way that Google Reader’s sharing has connected friends of mine who previously didn’t know each other, I see FriendConnect facilitating relationships among my readers that might not have otherwise been able to develop.
There is a bit of a challenge here, however: for a blog that’s been around for more than seven years, a non-trivial number read the blog in their aggregator. Which means they never (or rarely) come back to the site. That’s a discussion for another day.
In any event, I added the iLike gadget (if you have a site, go to your FriendConnect dashboard and click on “social gadgets”) to the site. It allows you to add songs to my playlist — provided that you’ve joined the site. See? There are privileges of membership. 😉 You can find out more about the playlist gadget from iLike’s blog. Neat idea.
Eager to see if people find this interesting. Let me know what you think.