Google Ends “Google Friend Connect” For Non-Blogger Sites

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In an ongoing consolidation of services designed to focus more attention on Google+, the team at Google has announced that they are terminating the Google Friend Connect service for non-Blogger based sites.

Google Friend Connect—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 really isn’t too much of a surprise given that Google Friend Connect has been “abandon-ware” the last couple years with little improvements being made on the service.

Google is in the process of cleaning house and it seems every couple weeks we are seeing notification of certain services being discontinued. This is one of the reasons that I stress always having backups of ALL of your data and not relying on Google for key services such as newsletters.

I’ve also recently installed ThinkUp on my hosting server to give me a backup of all of my tweets, facebook statuses and Google+ posts for the very same reason. I’ll talk more about that software later after I’ve had time to work with it.

I would recommend going ahead and taking the Google Friend Connect widget off of your non-Blogger based sites. The code is likely to get even more unstable than usual in the next few months. Go ahead and set up Google+ Authorship (which I covered pretty extensively in the WordPress SEO 101 course) and Google+ Publishership credentials for your site and add a badge widget to connect everything for your readers.  Also if you haven’t already transitioned to a high quality newsletter an FTC-compliant optin service, check out Aweber for only $1 for your first 30 days, you’ll love them!

Are you running the Google Friend Connect widget on your blog? Do you feel this is a service you will miss? How do you feel this will impact bloggers in general?

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Kimberly Castleberry
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27 Comments on "Google Ends “Google Friend Connect” For Non-Blogger Sites"

3 years 5 months ago

RT @AskKim: Google Ends “Google Friend Connect” For Non-Blogger Sites

3 years 5 months ago

I’m not really going to miss this. I’m not sure how this is going to affect things in the long term, but for sure, others are keen on taking its place.

3 years 5 months ago

I never used “Google Friend Connect” so I’m not going to miss it. But I have seen many blogspot blogs where many people are connected with specific blog.

I think there should be option that all your “Google Friend Connect” members automatically follow your Google+ page when you create it. So nobody lose anything.

3 years 5 months ago

This is one of those obscure services that I never used. Google has a habit of starting new things and running with an experiment. At least it shows their go getter attitude and willingness to try new things.

3 years 5 months ago

I was about to install “Google Friend Connect Badge” on my blog, but I think I’ll wait a bit longer now and see what happens.

The problem with their suggestion about creating a Google+ page and using a Google+ badge is that you can not add people to your circle on a page unless they have added the page first.

It always gives an error when you try to add people to your circle while you are using a Google page, however it seems fine adding people from your main account.

This makes it harder for people to discover your page, unless they visit your blog/site manually and happen to see the badge, compare this to your main Google+ account where whenever you add someone they get notified and possibly add you to their circle too thus increasing the amount of people that add you to their circle and giving you a bit of control just like twitter.

Unless of course there is a way you can add people to your circle through a Google+ page without them having to previously add the page first that I dont know about lol.

It just always gave me an error when attempting to do that from a page.