Monday, December 28, 2015

New Rules For Following Google Blogs

Apparently new rules have been applied and many of you might notice that in your blogs you are losing followers or that blogs you used to follow you are no longer getting notices about. Now you need to have a Google Account in order to follow. The explanation below might help you out.

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 Open Id 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

So far I have not noticed much of a drop in followers but then again I was not followed by that many. But regardless I thought I should post this for any of you who are experiencing issues.

God bless,


Rushd Lady said...

Thanks for letting us know Verna!

Kathy Krug said...

Good information to have. Thanks Verna

Peanut said...

Thanks for sharing this, Verna.
x Asha

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