Google announces Friend Connect

I have to admit, I've recently been in the process of removing a lot of the "social" plug-ins from many of my sites (from the likes of MyBlogLog) as they slow the sites down, and I get little by way of return from them. However, I may re-think this with the launch of Google Friend Connect.

As usual for Google, this looks like a pretty slick effort. As they say, a picture's worth a thousand words, so I guess a video must be worth a few million at least!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIEwUxMrJ4Y&hl=en]

Given that it's Google, I would imagine it's not going to slow down the sites its used on significantly. The number of networks it hooks in to is relatively limited right now, but that's sure to grow. I've signed up for an account, so I'll let you know what it's like when I get to try it.

Your thoughts? Will you be trying this out on your sites?