Google is taking on the Facebook and Twitter challenge in the social circle of internet with the company announcing that Google+ accounts can now be used to sign into apps and websites. This pretty much translates to even more Google stuff on the internet in the coming days. Oh dear! The plus side is lesser instances of having to create a new account to log into website.
This move follows down the road services like Google Drive and Google Calendar have already taken when they provided developers with full access. Perhaps another reason for the announcement is the fact that a lot of complaints have been surfacing for quite a while now about the lack of ways for third party developers to allow their users to post updates or news directly to Google+. Might I remind you that till now Google only offered only limited API for only public Google+ data, this having come in 2011, and also Google+ history access which it gave the nod to just last summer.
This is certainly great news for the developers hoping to spread their presence in the G+ arena, but does pose the long standing headache for Google – how to ensure that users’ feed does not get spammed by app-generated posts? But the guys at Mountain View claim a lot of faith in their algorithms to handle this issue without breaking sweat. The way they put it is that apps and websites will be able to post to a page that can be seen by someone visiting your Google+ home page and then clicking on the app’s or website’s icon. Then there’ll also be options of sharing posts only with specific G+ users and other consent based deals.
Other tweaks, as approved by internet search giant, include option of downloading and automatically installing a website’s app when signing into it with your Google account from your Android device. There’s also the “interactive” posts feature that Google+ streams will now carry with buttons to trigger apps. Sadly, developers will be restricted to choose from a range of just 100 buttons already designed by Google.
It would be interesting to see how far this move, touted by some to be the most significant for the Google+ platform yet, takes the social network close numbers being boasted by Facebook. Few big names like the UK Guardian newspaper and Flixster.com have already adopted this sign-in feature so signs are certainly healthy. Let’s wait and watch.
Watch the video Google put up about this here: