Saturday 9 January 2016

Goodbye Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites

[Sigh!] One of the things I liked most about Blogger was the ability for non-Google folks to follow blogs. That's all about to change, "for the better". Really? Better for who?
"In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer"
Not much we can do about but it still stinks...



  1. Because nothing increases blog traffic like reducing the number of available avenues for access! Thanks guys, awesome show, great job!

  2. This guys logic of retarded! If their going to close down an ability for non Google account holders to follow you blog, how is that "improving" the service?

    He's pretty inept at dressing up a shitty idea isn't he!


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