Hi guys. I’m writing to you today about Google Friend Connect and how Blogger’s policy has now changed. Apparently, in order to be a follower on my site using Google Friend Connect (or any Blogger site) you need to sign in with a Google account. If you don’t, the site removes you as a follower. This is something I have no control over and frankly, am pretty upset about.
At first I thought I was just losing followers because you guys were bored with me (WAH!) but after doing a little research, I found out it was happening to other bloggers as well. Just today, it looks like I lost 30 followers due to this change which is really a bummer for me. I've been writing for you guys for over 5 years now, and it took awhile to find my audience! Seeing my follower count deplete through no fault of my own really sucks.
Please see full statement from Blogger below, and if you happen to have a google account, sign in with your gmail so you won’t miss any awesome updates from me! As always, thanks for reading, I really appreciate your comments and love! XO
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.
Blogger support team
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