I came across an article recently that informed me that Google Friend Connect is going way. This is Google’s notice to non-blogger users that they are canceling Google Friend Connect:
Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch.
I’m not a fan of getting dumped.
This situation really disappoints me.
I have worked hard to build my following of friends. Sure, we can say it’s “just a number” but the truth is, I was proud that I had built a following. I liked the fact that I could see it grow over time through that multi-faced widget. So, while my GFC following was on the smaller end, I was proud of it nonetheless. Sure, there are other ways that people can follow and the analytics can show me how often people are really stopping in. But, I still liked watching my growth via Google Friend Connect.
What can I say, I’m a nerd.
In addition to that, like many bloggers, I use my blog as a stepping off point for other opportunities. Some of those opportunities are only offered to bloggers with proof of ‘influence’ and Google Friend Connect is one of the factors considered. So, as I built up my following on GFC, I liked the idea that I was rounding out my writing and social media endeavors through my blog. I liked that I was growing the potential to add to my family’s income all while making friends, supporting mothers of Mono-mono twins, teaching a smidge and preserving moments in the lives of my children. It was a nice added bonus.
I think many of us are here for the same thing. We want to connect with others sharing our journey and maybe find a way to nurture our interests, showcase our strengths and contribute to the well being of our families all at the same time.
Getting dumped by Google is rotten, but I’m even more disappointed that they are pushing Google+ as a way to resolve this new issue for the WordPress Blogger. I find it ultimatum in nature and I’m not a fan of that tactic.
So, I dumped Google first.
Please consider following me in some other way, hit up my sidebar and subscribe by Email, RSS or Facebook – I plan to start making my rounds and doing the same for those that I read because I would love to stay connected and support one another through all of our blogging, writing and social media endeavors.
How do you feel about the Google Friend Connect change?