I’ve posted about it before and I’m sure the news has made it around to most people by now, but starting March 1st there will be some major changes happening with Google Friend Connect. Anyone with a non-blogger blog will no longer have use of Google Friend Connect. That means if you follow them via GFC, you’ll no longer see them showing up in your reader.
Because Blogger is the blogging platform I use, you shouldn’t see any immediate difference. I hope. But I don’t want to take any chances. Plus, I highly suspect it’s only a matter of time before Google Friend Connect is phased out completely.
So you’ll still see the GFC widget on my sidebar. I don’t have any plans to take it down until they announce that it’s being permanently shut down for everyone. But, I’ve also added a new widget for Linky Followers. I was thrilled when I saw someone had come up with a real alternative to Google Friend Connect. While I think Google is great, their suggestion that we replace GFC with Google+ was just lame. Really lame.
Signing up for Linky Followers only takes a couple of minutes. Just click on the : : Follow Me : : button on the widget and it will guide you through signing up. Once you’re signed up you’ll have access to your very own Linky Followers dashboard where you can manage blogs you follow, easily see who’s following you and checkout the latest posts from your favorite blogs.
There is, however, one huge difference with Linky Followers that should be noted. It does not automatically update with your most recent post. Not ideal, I know. I was put off by it at first. But, Linky Followers is brand new. It’s being operated by one guy who’s doing his best to give us all an alternative to Google Friend Connect. So I got over it. When you post something new to your blog and want to let your Linky Followers know, you just have to go to your dashboard and do it. It takes about 30 seconds. I think even I can handle that!
Have you tried Linky Followers yet? What do you think?