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google-dont-be-evilIf 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.

Jenny

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Jenny

Hi there! I'm Jenny, a coffee-addicted, busy-body, work at home mom of two insane boys. I love football, cooking, Deadliest Catch, video games, Wordpress, and CSS (I'm kindof a geek). Feel free to say hi! We can be nerdy together.

12 Responses to WordPress Bloggers: Say Goodbye to GFC

  1. pegfive says:

    ok…up late studying, thanks for the post.

  2. not2onry says:

    Well, don’t truly understand all this but I’m on gc and my web is not up and running but maybe I’m in for more trouble than I orginally thought.. Hope I can figure this out if you’ve been blogging this long and having trouble, I’m in deep poo !

  3. pegfive says:

    i have been reading and commenting on blogs for over a year now and i’m thinking of starting one myself on wordpress.  however, i’m not sure what feed or forum to start with, now as i thought wordpress was the simplest.  i’m glad for the notification but, is it any better now, a year later?

  4. Crap… I’m not on Blogger and WP. I’m more alienated than you guys! I’m on a open source platform called Blogengine.net and I do have GFC widget on my sidebar but there are times when GFC is down and all I can see is a blank spot. I really don’t want to go for Google+, I have enough to keep track with!!!

  5. Ada Miller says:

    thats a bummer. I happen to stumble upon a page yesterday when i was looking for info on figuring out how to make your pages like your above on blogger because the way it is i have them up top,but if i go to do anything with them it only changes what the page says. Anyways  from a link i found on blogger i read about a business man that switched from blogger to wordpress because Google was actually getting the credit for searches & visits or something like that & it wasn’t helping him any? I know thats weird & some may think it has nothing to do with GFC being took from wordpress,but i just wanted to add that because maybe Google is wanting everyone to go to blogger?

    Also something else is a few weeks ago i had to update my firefox to the latest version. Well after i did i learned  that Google did not have a updated version to work with FF,so everyone that has updated past version 4 on FF will loose their google toolbar. After seeing my google toolbar was gone i looked everywhere for a extension or something that i could add to make my google toolbar work. In the process of looking for that i noticed it has been months ago that FF updated & then i got to thinking with it being that long ago you would think that google would have done put out a update so FF users could use the toolbar & with them not having done so it makes me think they just dont care anymore. Also i read where others was saying Google is not wanting to update or do anything where we could still have a option as to what browser etc we wanted to use by being able to still use our google toolbar etc. With seeing & thinking about this it makes me wonder if google is wanting us to use only their sites & things such as google chrome,google + etc? If thats what its going to be its not going to be to pleasant being online if we have to either choose from working with what google wants us to so we have their features to use or working on what we want to & just do without google.

    Hope this makes sense..What do you all think about this?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ada. Thanks for your comments!

      You mentioned one of the reasons I dislike Blogger/Google the most. To me, Google is stealing from their bloggers. Just because they offer a free service doesn’t mean they need to take all the advertising revenue. Bloggers are people who need to earn a living too! That reason alone would cause me to never use Blogger.

      I also cannot believe that Google didn’t update their toolbar for Firefox. You are probably right; Google wants people to use Google products only and seems to be moving away from providing their products and services as add-ons for other products. And shame on them for that! How selfish are they?

  6. Jenny says:

    Oh.. and I +1′d this post. hahaha!

  7. Lindsay says:

    Grr! I hate this! I can’t believe they are doing that. I guess I’m going to have to figure out something else to do. I don’t want to use Google+ so I’m not sure where to go now. I mean it sucks because I’ve finally built my followers up now. :(

    • Jenny says:

      I feel the same way! What a waste of promoting GFC on all of my giveaways.

      I don’t like Google+ at all. :( They will never be Facebook, no matter how hard they try.

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