Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Friend Connect Disappearing March 2012

Bad news if you have a non-blogger website or blog that you have Google Friend Connect (GFC) added to.  On March 1, 2012, the GFC will disappear from NON- Blogger sites.  Don't panic.  With the addition of Google + pages, you have until March 1st to get your followers to "+" your page.  All you need to do is create a Google + Page for your business or site.  It's not difficult to do.  They have even made a Google + Badge for you to add to your blog.  Even Blogger blogs can use this.  You will see mine to the left.

Google + I think will be around awhile as it gains momentum and users figure out how best to utilize it.  Even I am still learning.  The feature I like best is the Circles.  Segmenting is just perfect for marketing.  You can choose what Circles to share certain information with.  

If you're interested in learning more about Google +, let me know and I'll be happy to write up a post about it.  Theory, explanations, and examples of how to use it.  

Keep your eyes open and start +1 as you come across the button. 

Read about all the other gadgets Blogger will be retiring.

14 comments:

  1. I am trying to understand how to do this? I am not sure if I am doing this right or not. I can't even find the directional link page to add this ...
    This is awesome information :)

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  2. Yes, post more about this -- I'm not getting it. You mean, the follower box gadget won't be available? I really rely on that to see how many followers I have. We won't have that any more? You won't be able to "follow" on an actual blogger.com site like ours?

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  3. Baby Huggables - I'll start a Google + blog series and start from the beginning and work up from there. I'll explain the marketing benefits, how to set up, then how to use it!

    But yes, it's another social media outlet, but it has more power because the +1 will help with search engines determine what content out there is liked more than others. I have a feeling it will start to change how Internet search is done, but for the better.

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  4. Sandra - the GFC is going away from Non-Blogger sites. If you use blogger, you're fine. In all honesty, I wouldn't be surprised if down the road, it goes away. From what I can tell, Google is going to start using +1 to start playing a major factor in Google search. I'll write about it.

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  5. Thanks for the info. My daughters usually are the ones who keep me posted on these kind of things. Thanks also for visiting the Virtual Craft Show and commneting on my pencil.

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  6. You're welcome Norma. Fingers crossed!

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  7. Saw your blog in the Facebook group and am now a follower. This is a very informative article. Thank you for sharing.

    If you are interested, here is mine.:

    http://redrosecakesconnection.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thank you Red Rose! I'm following you now.

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  9. I couldn't see the point of Google Plus before this. I had no idea it was going to affect Google searches. Thanks so much for this info!

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  10. Yea, I'll write up some more about it. We're all still learning about it for sure. Thanks for stopping by Marian.

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  11. I added the G+ button to my e-zine Art-Online. I already had one in my primary art studio. I couldn't manage to get the badge to work. I don't understand its purpose, unless it's just decorative. And I don't understand the url for my G+ page. It doesn't include my name, just a letter and a number. That can't be right, can it? P.S. Thanks for your comment in Art-Online. It's wonderful to have someone you can count on.

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  12. That is a problem with +, no vanity URLs. Which is a big complaint from marketers. There are URL shortners for them.

    I'll look into the badge issue this weekend and get back to you.

    You're welcome for the comment!

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