Google Friend Connect is staying

If you, like me, have been a fan of Blogger and it’s oh-so-easy to use platform these last few years, you may have been shocked to learn that the little box of friendly faces you see in your sidebar would be disappearing on the 1st July.

Now I have seen countless blog posts on this by a range of my favourite fashion bloggers and I can happily say that information was incorrect! Google Friend Connect isn’t going anywhere, its staying put! In fact so is the Blogger Reading List at the bottom of your dashboard.

Phew! Because for a minute there I was seriously considering switching to WordPress, and since I’ve only just designed this new layout I didn’t fancy spending weeks getting a headache over blog platform migration.

So what is disappearing?

The only thing that is actually going is Google Reader, which is this. If you follow blogs via Google Friend Connect you automatically have those blogs appearing in your Blogger Reading List (on your Blogger Dashboard) and in Google Reader. However, once Google Reader is discontinued you’ll still have those blogs appearing on your Blogger Reading List on your dashboard.

So you can see where all the confusion has come from! Thankfully, if you’re following blogs like this via Google Friend Connect you have nothing to worry about, and if you have a blog on Blogger you don’t have to fret about your followers disappearing either!

Please be aware that if you do only follow blogs on Google Reader then you should look for an alternative reader platform as this will be disappearing from 1st July.

Alternative blog readers

If you do use Google Reader you can follow blogs to appear in similar readers via the following methods:

  • Google Friend Connect (you can follow this blog via this on the left hand side).
  • Bloglovin (you can follow this blog here if you’d like).
  • Flipboard for tablets and smart phones is a great alternative, and is rather like reading a magazine.
  • Follow via social media! Bloggers are always updating their social platforms with updates about their blogs. Follow via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. You can follow my blog via social media if you click on the buttons on the top right.

What does the future hold?

Although Google Friend Connect is not going away 1st July, it may disappear in the future. Google has come a long way since I’ve started this blog and Blogger hasn’t really changed that drastically. I love the rawness of it though, I wouldn’t have been able to design this template otherwise. I’m kind of hoping they’ll update Google Friend Connect to be better connected with Google+ rather then losing it altogether.

There are also rumours flying around that RSS Feedburner may be going soon too. It does seem very out of date, and difficult to personalize, so I wouldn’t be surprised. Moving on I’d consider creating weekly newsletters instead of offering a RSS feed. A little weekly email packed full of extra visual goodies. Sound good?

Perhaps I will migrate to WordPress in the next coming months. Having worked on various blogs in WordPress as well, I do feel as if Blogger is missing something now and fashion blogs especially usually start off in Blogger, but eventually migrate to WordPress for many different reasons.

I really hope you have found this blog post useful. I know it has been a little off topic, this being a fashion blog in all. I have seen a lot of bloggers panicking about this and I just wanted to let you all know, its all going to be okay.



  1. July 24, 2013 / 5:27 am

    Hey Sarah,
    Thanks a ton for demystifying the helpful alternatives.

  2. June 19, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    This is a very refreshing post to come across after weeks of ‘omg gfc is going please still follow me!’ posts that have had me running from my feed. I’ve tried so hard to get people to understand that it’s not going, but no-one ever seems to take it on board. I’ll just give them this post from now on :)

  3. June 19, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Thanks for this post it was so helpful :)

    Charlotte xx

  4. June 18, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    I thought it was just me who didn’t see what all the fuss was about when I read about this! Everyone was getting in such a tizz about something only a minority actually read blogs from, so thank you for telling the world and confirming that I am in fact sane. (: xx

  5. June 17, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    This was so helpful! Thanks for this post.

  6. June 17, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    what a relief :D

    amazing blog! i love it’s layout and the way you write. im following you <3

  7. June 16, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    You’ve just made my day haha! Thank god I read this, otherwise I’d have been joining everyone else on a frantic omg-must-refollow-everyone panic! X

    Je M’appelle Hannah

  8. June 16, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I am so glad somebody has finally said this! Everybody has been fretting for now reason :) x

  9. June 16, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    I’ve read so many posts on this topic and you’ve made it so clear, I understand now, so thank you aha.
    Love your new layout too :)


  10. June 16, 2013 / 10:35 am

    YAY! She says, doing a happy dance! I love this post! And thanks for clearing the confusion up Sarah! xxx

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