Are you having problems accessing your favorite blogs? If so, you can thank Google! I have noticed this week a significant decrease in my followers but I wasn't sure what the problem might be. I am not exactly a computer wizard. Then this morning my fellow blogger, Jana Iverson Last posted on Facebook that she had noticed the same issue. She also provided the link to an article that had been posted by Blogger back in December 2015.
In 2011, Google announced that they would be retiring Google Friend Connect. In December of 2015 they posted an update on this plan. The post comes from Michael Goddart, Software Engineer and you can find his post here.
In a nut shell here is what the post from Mr. Goddard said, over the next few weeks Google will be making changes (in an effort to streamline) which will require readers of our blogs to have a Google account in order to use their Google Friend Connect service to follow any blogs using the Blogger platform.
In Mr. Goddard's press release he said, "...we'll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Openld providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time we'll remove non-Google Account profiles so may see a decrease in your blog follower account."What does this mean for my readers? It's a simple fix and easy to do. If you don't already have an account with Google, you will need to create one. To create a Google account go to this link and create your Google account. If you already subscribe by email you should be fine.
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