News: Goodbye Google Friend Connect — Raising Awareness

Hey everyone!

This is a scheduled post. When you’re reading this, I’m probably on my way to Antwerp for some shopping and a press event. It is all very exciting, and I feel absolutely honored to be included. I will for sure show you some pictures and share all the information I gathered!

However, the less exciting side of things is really the topic of this post. As you may or may not know, Google removed Google Friend Connect from all non-Google blogs exactly a week ago. I have never had GFC, because as you know this blog is quite new, and when I investigated the possibility I found out that GFC was not available for regular WordPress blogs (it is for self-hosted ones). I didn’t really know there would be so much impact, but there clearly is. Charlotte from Lipglossiping (who launched this awareness day. The image above was taken from her post) has been losing 1,000 unique visitors per day. If such an established blogger has been having it bad, I can only imagine how much worse it must be for the others.

Bloggers form a community, and in this situation I feel the obligation to help raise awareness even if I am not personally affected by Google’s decision. If you’re reading this post, please think long and hard about what blogs you used to read and enjoy, but are suddenly not showing up on your Google Reader anymore. These bloggers are not taking a hiatus. It’s just that Google decided to leave them out. Think, find them again, and subscribed via another platform, be it Bloglovin’, Twitter, or Facebook. Check out the Twitter list for all the bloggers who have been taking a hit.

Let us reunite!

Sunny xx

4 responses

  1. It’s very nice of you to help raise awareness of this thing. I never used it becuase I knew they were going to remove it, but I can imagine that this can affect a lot of bloggers. So nice to hear you’re going to another press event, you go Sunny!

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