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Jesús EV

An update on Google Friend Connect

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.

Thank you,

Blogger support team

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Melissa Blake
Melissa Blake
Does this have anything to do with the recent glitch in follower counts? Lots of people have lost followers over the last several days and it's very alarming -- especially for people who, like me, have been blogging for 7+ years and have built up a solid community. Are these numbers going to be restored? I'd hate to lose those followers. Thanks!
Does this mean that anytime I post a link to view an entry I've made in my blog, the person I send it to must have a Google account in order to view it?  What little handful of readers I have don't necessarily have a Google account and, no offense, don't necessarily want yet another account/profile/e-mail address, especially just for the sake of reading a blog.
Chuck Croll
Chuck Croll
Following has nothing to d with blog accessibility.  A public blog is accessible to everybody - and a private blog has always required an invitation. 

Following will simply require a Blogger / Google account, to join a blog as a Follower.

Michelle Hauck
Michelle Hauck
My follower widget quick working over the holidays. I'd built up a large number of followers and it does help having those numbers when I apply for things like free books online. Now no one can see whether I have any followers. How can I fix this?
which is what the fuss is ABOUT.  Suddenly people who have been following along in the slipstream will now be REQUIRED to join a site they really don't want to  join, just to follow a blog they like.  The way I read that is, if you can't "follow" the blog you can't post there. Right?  You can read all you want, but no account means no posting.  Nice. thanks.  
Someone suggested that we use Bloglovin' for our followers, not sure if that will help or not, but Ive done it.  
Sir Mike
Sir Mike
We bloggers take years to build up followers - readers then some Google IT administrator has a " Brain Explosion " on the
pretext that this restrictive trade practice is a " Win! Win all round " for Google and us bloggers which ofcourse is a load of
rubbish because this decision is purely an administrative one and has unraveled years of constructed effort by us bloggers
which without the like of us there would be no Blogger!!!!  
This started happening more than a month ago.  Something else is going on.
Sir Mike
Sir Mike
Well all my blogs are public I don't have any by invitation private blogs and my reader
numbers have dropped off dramatically especially from the USA and so has a number
of other bloggers that I know who do not participate in the Blogger Help Forum they
are all of the opinion it is a waste of time Google Blogger just ignores most comments
I am all about change and progress but losing over 220 followers twice in weeks, ( 65 just yesterday) does not help me in any way...What progress will we see?
Forcing people to join when they are different platforms only pushes people away, there is no welcome wagon here, ...it really slams the door on them forever! 

This saddens many who have worked years to build their blog for all to see....
Sir Mike
Sir Mike
Yep I could not agree more I have lost 100's of USA readers ! I would appear just before the
cut off date I got a huge surge of USA readers across my blogs where it would appear they
must of downloaded a heap of my blogs ? since then just a trickle and I would suggest readers
with Google accounts ?? I have picked 100's of Russians ? it would appear they are only to
happy to have american Google accounts but that is not the point it is still a deficit of readers!!
However it would appear Google Blogger just ain't listening!! or maybe as many of my other
blogger mates have stated this Blogger Help Forum is just here for us to let off a bit of internet
rage therefore as such it should be treated that way and nothing of any great consequence is
resolved this way.
Anyway bloggers we are better than this that is why we blog so don't let this beat us the only
way is up from now!! just do as I did where I reviewed, and continue to, to see if my blog can be
more reader appertising because with the worlds population thirsty for news and information it
will pick-up!!!
Regards Mike www.beautkoot.blogspot.com.au 
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