If you’re a WordPress blogger, you may be shocked to find out that as of March 1, 2012, you’re no longer important enough to Google to keep your GFC (Google Friend Connect). The Official Google Blog posted today stating:
“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.”
This is bad news for WordPress bloggers. Google+ pages are not blogger friendly. In case you forget to update your Google+ page, there are no ways to auto-post your blog posts. Also, no WordPress plugins exist for Google+ pages yet. We’re left with another horrible social networking service that is against bloggers.
Facebook isn’t any better. Their new “Insights” page is a joke. Freebie Spot Facebook posts are being shown to around 10% of my fans. How’s that for an insight?
Good luck creating your Google+ page; they certainly don’t make it easy. My page is created. I have 1 connection—myself. Nice!
I am removing all references to GFC on my blog now. I feel so alienated. Excuse me, Google, for choosing a blogging platform that allows me to be more creative. Way to go.