Friday, January 15, 2016


The following was posted on Buzz Feed.......frankly, I'm getting mentally beaten down with the constant changes in the programs I use.'s progress.....NOT!!  Of course much of the reason for my dismay is I'm falling farther and farther behind in my understanding of each "new" change! To me, it seems all these companies are doing their best to push us into exclusively connecting with them.  More and more programs I used to use no longer work seamlessly with my operating system....unless I download and use THEIR app.  

So....basically, if you are one of those non-Google member followers who have been dropped from my blog......and are perhaps checking back in to see if I posted......the following is for you.  And I hope you understand it better than I did!

An update on Google Friend Connect

3 weeks ago by A Googler
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.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


Nancy said...

ummmm.... huh? I'm with you, just don't get some of this stuff. So I just keep posting and hoping it will be seen! Keeping up is a full-time job. Have a good weekend.

margaret said...

I am sure I have been effected as very few posts on the lst 2 blogs one of which was telling about this, must say you have not visited me since! not sure how you follow me, I do have the google friends button. It might be just coincidence, I am able to still see some blogs but no longer able to comment on them

Vivian Helena said...

You are right I don't understand either. Have not posted anything on my blog recently. But noticed I couldn't post to Facebook from it. Thought it was on of those days when they are doing something. It gets more confusing every time I get on. Good luck. I have a goggle email, but don't like using it because I find it confusing. We live in the mountains and have an account locally, for the moment it is easier.