Ringing in a new year brings in many changes–even in the blogging world. Come March 1, 2012, Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger blogs shall be no more! While I think that this kinda sucks since I literally only switched to WordPress about 2 months ago, it is also, in my opinion a welcome change. Google Friend Connect had little purpose other than to exhibit who followed your blog as very few followers actually keep up with the blog via GFC. On the other hand, many public relations personnel value the number of GFC followers a blog has. So, we’ll see how this goes!
As an alternative, Google has offered the use of the Google+ page. Similar to a Facebook fan page, a Google+ page has a wall where the blogger can share posts, an "About" tab where visitors can learn more about the blog, and photo and video tabs.
Once a Google+ page is created, the blogger can create a badge like this one (by the way, please do join my G+ page–leave me a link to yours in the comments and I’ll join yours too!):
Oh, and for all you Blogger blogs–I have heard rumors that Google will eventually remove GFC completely, even from Blogger blogs. So you, too, might want to start building your Google+ page just in case!
Click HERE to learn more about what Google has to say about this change and how to set up your own G+ page.