Goodbye GFC -- Google Friend Connect


In case you haven't heard, Google has decided that starting March 1st, GFC (Google Friend Connect) will no longer be available for non-blogger sites, such as WordPress, Typepad, etc. 
What that  means is that we will no longer be able to see those blog posts updated in our blogger dashboard! Google is calling it Spring Cleaning...you can check out their announcement here.
Rumor around the blogging community is that by the end of the year, Google will remove GFC all together for bloggers simply because they are wanting everyone to use Google+ .
I don't know when exactly GFC will be gone forever for blogs who still use the blogger platform, so to prepare I am following all my favorite blogs through other outlets. I encourage all of you to do the same, if you love a blog and want to continue supporting it, please make sure that in addition to GFC, you follow in some other way.

So what options do we have? 
There are many social sites out there where you can follow your favorite blogs, one that I love using is Bloglovin' it is a free platform where you can follow all your favorite blogs, get email notifications when a new article is posted, and so much more. (To learn more about Bloglovin click here for a short video & description)

Here are ways to follow my  blog other than GFC: 
(clicking on each logo below will take you to each individual site)


What do you think about Google removing GFC? Were you aware that Google has made these changes recently? 
I was a little shocked and sad at first because I simply love GFC and how I can just follow a blog and its posts on a daily basis through my blogger dashboard.  However, I am very please with the many other social media sites where I am able to follow all the blogs I love without missing one post!
 Which social media site is your favorite? Do you have any other suggestions on how readers can follow their favorite blogs?

♥ Glitz Glam Budget 

11 comments:

  1. What?! That's a sad sad news. I just made a Bloglovin account and I followed you there too. Hope you can follow my blog through Bloglovin too, so far I have 0 followers there :(

    http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3491348/pure-jeanius

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  2. I JUST joined Bloglovin' but how do I add the link to my side bar? )= Poo! Im no good at this!

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  3. I have heard of bloglovin.com but have no idea what it is and how to use it. If anyone has any pointers please email me and let me know. I would really appreciate greatly. Thanks ~Nikk

    Email:Beautytherapy@gmail.com

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  4. I have a Bloglovin' account, but I am still clueless as to how to follow blogs on Google+. Do the posts show up in your feed? I thought Google+ was more of a Facebook-like thing?


    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  5. It really is kinda annoying that I have to use other means to read my favorite blogs!!

    and really? forcing everyone to use google+ arent there more users on google+ than facebook?
    Hope they dont close that for blogspot users though
    xx
    meinmode.blogspot.com

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  6. New follower from blog hop! Come on by when you get the chance! <3 http://wifemomworklife.blogspot.com/

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  7. Yea I'm sad about it too because I loved GFC...it was such an easy way to track followers. Google+ is more like Facebook, it doesn't automatically pull in posts or anything so I'm not sure why they keep thinking it'll replace it haha

    I'd suggest for blogs to set up a feedburner account. Its just a regular RSS feed of your blog but you're able to keep track of pageviews, clicks, etc. Hopefully Google won't get rid of that too! lol :)

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  8. Hi! Visiting from the blog hop, I'm a new follower. Stop by sometime if you like at www.bigplanslittlevictories.com

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  9. @pureJeanius thanks for following me through bloglovin, I am now following you through there as well!!

    @GoingtotheShowing this link will help with adding a widget to your sidebar: http://www.bloglovin.com/widgets

    @Tara St your posts automatically show up on bloglovin feed & you can get email notifications!

    @Mik I know exactly what u mean!!!

    @Wife, Mom, Work & Life AND @Kari thanks, I will now be checking out both your sites!!

    @Melanie I have yet to figure out/configure Google+ i know there is a way to automatically have your posts show up,but I haven't quite figured it out yet! I love GFC as well, but I am going to be doing RSS soon as well!!

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  10. New blogger, and new follower from Blog hop til you drop!

    http://sweetreviewplus.blogspot.com/
    http://aroundtheworldfrompr.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thanks for following me on Bloglovin Glitz Glam

    http://purejeanius.blogspot.com

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