Google Feature – Google Friend Connect
Google Friend Connect Retired on March 1, 2012
We had added Google Friend Connect on our self-hosted WordPress GoldenTwine blog to power our site’s community that was growing steadily.
Google announced on their official blog on November 23, 2011 that they are retiring Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.
However, Google’s Blogger sites may still use the Google Friend Connect.
We wrote about that announcement on our blog:
Google Friend Connect to Retire
Google announced retiring of Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites
Yesterday, we found that the Google Friend Connect is gone from our blog’s sidebar as you could see the empty box once occupied by the widget in the screen grab below:
Significance of Google Friend Connect Cancellation
If you use Google Friend Connect to subscribe to our blog, our blog posts will no longer show up in your Google Reader, and also in your Blogger Dashboard if you have a Blogger account, from March 1, 2012.
May our valued Google Friend Connect subscribers be aware of the change. We value your subscription and feel sorry that you will no longer receive our posts in your Google Reader and Blogger dashboard.
However, there are many other ways you may subscribe to our blog. Let us stay connected!
How Google Friend Connect Subscribers May Follow Our Blog
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Google Friend Connect was officially deprecated in November 2011; it will be retired for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.
Google has his own suggestions for Friend Connect users about how to keep in touch with their community:
As previously announced, we are retiring Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage you to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on your site. When you bring your community of followers to Google+, you can use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch.
Google Friend Connect Help
Set Up your Google+ Business Page
Get closer to your prospects, customers, fans and followers on Google+
Make it simple for users to connect with Google+ page from your site
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