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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bye Bye Google Friend Connect

Lately the blogging world of a lot of bloggers (including myself) have turned upside down as Google announced that they are canceling Google Friend Connect. This widget, mostly known as GFC, allowed readers to follow and keep up with your blog with just one easy click. It's also a quick way to see how many followers a (your) blog has.

"Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch."
(source: IFB)

I have read so many articles and blog posts (and the comments below) about this topic, and what the changes might mean for my blog. But to be honest, I still don't have a clue. What's going to happen with all my followers? My comments? What will happen with my entire blog? Should I change my blog platform? I really want answers before the first of March, because I'm freakin out a little. I feel like everything I've worked hard for, is being taken away. I think it's mainly because I don't really know what exactly is going on.

To prepare my blog for what's to come (whatever that is), I decided to take matters in my own hands. But with that, I do need your help. If from now on all of you started following me on Bloglovin and Facebook, it would mean a lot.

If you want to keep track of my blog posts, I highly recommend following me on one (or all) of these social media sites. You'd make me very happy. I haven't been using my Facebook page that much anymore, but I am planning on using it more often now to really connect with all my readers. My page also allows you to ask questions or give remarks, and that way I can respond quicker!

What do you think of this big change Google is making? 
Do you understand the change completely? If you do, can you please explain it to me? What will it mean for your blog?


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  1. Hi,

    It seems as though the change only effects non blogger sites.

    As it says in the statement you posted "We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites" and as your site has a blogspot url it must be hosted through blogger. I doubt Google would remove GFC altogether for blogger sites so I don't think you've got anything to worry about. :)

  2. Hello, I agree with Danielle above, it says "non-blogger sites".
    However I follow you via bloglovin hope you do the same.

  3. hey girl, i follow you thru bloglovin!! :) so do follow back on my blog theres a link!! yah i have facebook/email id as an option added to my blog...

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