Follow with Google Friend Connect? Not Anymore!

If you haven’t heard already, Google’s Friend Connect, or GFC, will no longer be available outside the Blogger platform in March. Since GFC was never available for blogs anyway, this hasn’t affected me one way or the other.

But lots of bloggers who don’t use Blogger have been unhappy about being told to add their Google Plus badge to their sidebar. They will have to start from scratch building their followings, and those new followers won’t see their blogs in Google Reader.

Without widely known alternatives, though, there wasn’t much they could do except push followers to sign up via their RSS feed, with mixed success. As far as I’m aware, Facebook’s Networked Blogs was the only other option that most blog readers would be familiar with. I’m sure there are others, just not as universally recognized.

Until Now!

You know those so-useful little Linky List sign-up tools so many bloggers use? Well, Brent Riggs, the guy who provides them has teamed up with some bloggers and developed Linky Follower! As he explains in his post, Linky Follower is FREE, allows users to organize the blogs they follow, and is not dependent on, or part of, any other service.

So, even if you use Blogger (on March 1, GFC will become Follower, available only to Blogger users, and the general suspicion is, that will be around only a short time before it, too, is phased out in favor of Google +), I encourage you to support your blogging brethren. Add Linky Follower to your blog, and use it to follow other blogs.

You can get started right now! Just head over to the sidebar —>and click Follow Me in the Linky Follower Widget. Signing up is quick and painless! I promise!


About Kenra Daniels

I write steamy Paranormal Romance and Erotic Romance. I live in a very small town in rural northeastern Kentucky, right at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, with my very own Romance Novel Hero (aka Hubby) of 26 yrs. We're raising our 3 little grandsons - 5y, 3y, and 2y old.
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12 Responses to Follow with Google Friend Connect? Not Anymore!

  1. Laurie says:

    Great Post, Kenra. I am following you via linky tools and I hope you will follow back :) . I’m on Blogger platform so Google’s decision regarding doesn’t affect me (yet). But frankly, I am very unhappy with their decision and love that Brent has set up Linky Followers alternative. We bloggers so need a common way of following each other across multiple platforms. Also GFC stats were/are a important measuring statistic when it comes to being asked to review books.

    • Thanks, Laurie! LOL, of course I’ll follow you back.

      I agree, people need a way to follow regardless of platform. Email and RSS following are wonderful, but when it comes to publicly showing support for a blog, they’re useless. And we all know that public support, or social proof, can have huge effect on a blog’s success.

  2. Ash Krafton says:

    Awesome post–I’d love to reprint it on my blog if I could–of course with lots of links back to you!

  3. Thank you so much, Kenra! This is good info. I use blogger and love the interconnectivity, so this is sad news. I signed up for Linky. Thank goodness we are Triberr buds! ^_^

    • Thanks, Kayelle! It is sad news, and as great as Linky is, former GFC users will still lose their GFC followers and have to start building from scratch.

      Of course, we wouldn’t want Google to share personal info like email addresses with anyone else, and we do want people to choose if they’re going to be a part of the alternative – but it still sucks for those bloggers who will lose hundreds or even thousands of followers when GFC goes dark.

      I’ve seen several posts about Linky in the Triberr stream – our buds are all over this, LOL.

  4. dave smith says:

    Only wish Linky had a “writing” category. I’ll have to use “general” until they do. Most romance/erotica writers have a blogger account. G+ is still too small to replace blogger networks.

    • Hi Dave! If you go to your Linky Dashboard, at the top of the “Blogs you follow” tab, you can “Click to manage your Categories” – there you can create custom categories. That feature’s going to be really useful for me, since I follow everything from erotica blogs to little kid activity blogs.

  5. Hey Kenra! Guess what? I decided that due to your awesomeness I have to pass on a Liebster Blog Award to you! :D

    Have a great day!

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    I'm a Romance Author - mainly Paranormal, but nearly all with fairly graphic intimate scenes. Those scenes serve to further the development of my plots and characters and are not included haphazardly to sell books or arouse readers.

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