Thursday, 14 January 2016

Changes To For Some Followers

Blogger News:  Here is some news which I copied from another Blog.  Here's the announcement they made on Blogger Buzz: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


  1. Sue, I have no idea what all this blog buzz is really going to do to us. I copied the blurb from another blog, figured we all need to share the news, in case we start seeing strange things happen. Happy wkend, stay cozy with the pups. Hugs

  2. MaryH, I have seen other bloggers talking about this change. I think it will mean if you don't have a Google Account, you won;t be able to get onto blogs that are run by Google.

  3. They have been threatening for years to do away with Friends Connect. I had a problem with my blog a couple of years ago, and it went on for months! They are hard to deal with, you NEVER get to talk to a person!

  4. Sue, I totally agree. It's blackmail really. We either join up, or we can't get onto blogs and our own blogs won't work right.


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