Thursday, January 7, 2016

Update From Google Friend Connect-Good to Know

  I have read a couple posts now about changes to the Google Friend Connect feature here on our blogs, but it didn't all really sink in til I read it again on my friend Ariadne from Greece page

  I had noticed that my friends connect number had decreased over the last few days and now I understand why.

  Here are the changes  The biggest thing to know is that in order to read our blogs here on Google our friends and followers must also have a Google account. Before anyone could sign in on the site from another platform-no more

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An update on Google Friend Connect

2 weeks ago by A Googler
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

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