Changes to Google Friend Connect Advise Your Blog Followers
"Recently Google made an announcement on their blog an Update on Google Friend Connect. Have you read it? These two paragraphs are the highlights:
* 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. *
If you're reading this from your blog's dashboard through Google, you should be okay when the change takes place.
Some of our readers may not know of the change, or don't have a Google account. Tell them to please consider signing up for one so they may follow our blogs.
If a Google account is not an option, there are other options, some in my sidebar. Thanks.
Reminder, the Google Friend Connect change starts during the week of January 11, 2016. "
Keep reading the how to post of a simple install of a GFC gadget, I first published this on February 12, 2012.
The original post follows:
If your Google Friend Connect gadget stops working, you can install this code below to add a Follow Button to your blog. The button will not have a count or images of your followers, but it serves to let them follow the blog, a little convenience. When the GFC stops working on non-Blogger blogs sometime this Spring, March was mentioned, you might try this as a substitute, I have no idea if it will work at that time, but here it is if you need it.
Before you copy and paste the code, write your Blog Id Number down, you will type that number in the space where I've typed in RED, below. Don't type in "YOURBLOGIDNUMBER." You can find your Blog Id number by looking at the address bar after you are signed in and have your draft.blogger page loaded.
Sign in to your account and go to your draft.blogger where you choose Layout and Add a Gadget, choose add HTML. Paste this code in with your id number and give it a title if you want, Save, and move the gadget where you want to place it. Preview if you like, and Save Arrangement.
<center><a href="http://www.blogger.com/follow-blog.g?blogID=YOURBLOGIDNUMBER" target='_blank'><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lyvoqBODutQ/TagvjM9vDCI/AAAAAAAADsw/2m38l41mVYY/s1600/Blogger_Follow_Button.PNG" /></a></center>
That's it, simple and quick! You might want to bookmark this post to come back to after the GFC changes are made or try it out now.
Stick around to read the next post about the new Linky Followers tool, which I'll leave at the top of the page for a while.