I’ve created an online community on this blog called Friends of CMM (which I invite you to join btw), which includes a couple of widgets from Google Friend Connect, the new service that enables any Web site to have a social component.
I’ve also deployed SixApart’s new social component, Typepad Connect, which is a mashup of threaded Gravatar-style comments, Typepad Profiles and their anti-spam application. Interestingly, the app is available for use on a number of blog platforms, including WordPress and Blogger.
The ability to incorporate these and other open-source applications further reinforces the point that blogs can serve as a social media base of operations from which users can foray into other socnets like Facebook and Twitter.
Like Google says, these apps mean “more people engaging more deeply with your website — and with each other.”