Saturday, December 3, 2011

Google to kill Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger blogs; Feedburner issues

Attention, all non-Blogger bloggers! Google is killing Friends Connect for all non-blogger sites.


That means, I understand, that you won't be able to use the widget that displays your following, unless you have a blog on Blogger! Here is the quote by Urs Hölzle, Google Senior Vice-President, Operations from the Google official blog:
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.
I don't think it's fair, readers! It seems, Google is trying to stop exodus to Wordpress and other platforms... Independent Fashion Bloggers Community writes more about it. By the way, join this site - you will always be up-to-date on important developments.

Meanwhile, Google seems to be clumsily tinkering on other products as well. If you are using Feedburner by Google, you will notice that your Feedburner widget shows 0 subscribers today! No panic, all your subscribers still receive their feeds, but you should go your Feedburner page and switch to a new Beta version, you subscribers number will re-appear. As for the widget, I haven't heard of any solutions on this one. Let us wait... (Actually, Google has become extremely user-unfriendly! They just cannot handle issues in a transparent and timely manner!)

Back to Google Friend Connect, Blogger sites won't be affected!  However, if you have a non-blogger blog you still have three months to promote other options and let your GFC followers  know about them! Good luck!

Sorry for a non-sewing post - but it affects all of us! What do you think about this move by Google, readers?


  1. This is so annoying, google is really evil! It wants to force people on google+ and will do whatever to reach that goal

  2. Thanks for highlighting this issue . This is so frustrating ...

  3. Was tinkering on the thought of moving - now this gives me a reason!!!

  4. I know a few people that work on this sort of thing. There's a bit of grumbling on the inside too. Use the feedback as much as you can and help change management's mind.

  5. Sorry, but I can't get worked up about this one. I use so many free Google apps (Gmail, Google Reader, Google Voice, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Translator and of course, Google)that I can't complain if Google wants to protect its business.

    I'm not a blogger, and if I ever had a blog (which would be on WordPress, because WP is better than Blogger) I probably would not have a friends network. I pay no attention to those listings. I prefer blogs that allow me to make a comment and move on. The fact that I have to sign into Google to leave a comment here means I leave fewer comments.

    I know that some bloggers want to demonstrate interest to advertisers and book publishers. Aren't there metrics that can be used instead of "friends", such as page views? (Maybe that's not the issue.)

  6. I think it sucks, but that's Google for you. They do what they do because they think they can. Same with FB. They are all in it to make money, and they are trying to shut the competition out, so it's not surprising. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

  7. well that shows how little I know - I just left blogger and started a new website on squarespace. I didn't know I could add a widget to display followers. On the one hand, I am really getting tired of the way Facebook and Google keep changing things, on the other hand, it is free.

  8. hahaha agree totally with Browser on this one. Could not be bothered with Friend Connect (it didn't work the first time I tried to sign up to it on someone's blog-and I already have a Google sign it. That's a fail in my book so I never bothered with it again). Same goes for giveaways etc that require you to sign up on friend connect-I have FB and Google plus and the people on my lists there are actual friends i.e. people I hang out and meetup with in real life. Why would I want of list of anyone else? Comment and move on, the more information you give to megacompanies the more of you they own..

  9. Thanks for sharing these updates,I must disseminate about this matter for them to be aware with the latest requirement of Google.



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