Sunday, January 3, 2016

Google Friend Connect Update

Hey guys! Hope you're all doing well.

I came across this article yesterday, and thought a post might be a good idea. It's addressing the upcoming changes Google is making to their GFC method of following blogs.

If you're unsure what I'm talking about, it's the widget to the right, under my pinterest highlights. It's a method of following blogs on Google, using various accounts.

Google has actually retired GFC for everything except blogger blogs, and it's definitely an old-school method for keeping up with blogs. Still widely used for blogspot though, Google's kept it around for us. ;)

Up til this new update, followers have been given the option to sign in using Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, OpenID, things like that (similar to the comment method I'm using at the moment). Starting January 11th, however, followers will only be able to sign in/up with GFC, using Google accounts.

In other words, if you're using the GFC method to follow blogs, and you've signed in with any account besides a Google one, you won't be able to use it any more. You'll need to sign back in with Google, and re-follow all the blogs you love.

There's still time to do this, before the change is made. If you enjoy the news feed you've got with the GFC blogs, you'll need to update your account settings and login method. If you'd rather not, there are plenty of other ways to follow your favorite blogs! Most of us have email subscriptions, subscription feeds, Bloglovin' or even Google+ on our blogs, as alternate methods of following.

I'm sure this change will end up with us loosing touch with several followers, and I'm going to miss you guys!! I hope you all follow us somehow, cuz we love our readers!

What do you think of this change? What is your favorite method of following blogs?