Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goodbye Google Friend Connect..

Hey Kids!
Some of you may already know...and for those of you who didn't get the memo, Google Friend Connect will be gone for all non "blogger hosted" blogs starting March 1, 2012. Here is what they had to say...

" Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We’re retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch. " (Source)

Gosh, I am really just so bummed about the way they are forcing all of us to use Google+. I was initially near tears (I kid you not) about a month ago when I found out that Picnik was closing (also thanks to Google). I personally am not impressed with Google+. It has taken all of us years to gather our friends together in one spot, whether it's on our blogs or facebook, or wherever...we've just gotten comfortable and dare I say "experienced" with the way things work, and how we find each other, and how we make sure that others can find us...and now Google goes and purposely throws a wrench into the works...doing whatever they can to inconvenience us enough to switch to their sevice. I don't like this kind of's got that 'hostile takeover' smell to it. Wow, I guess I'm wearing my opinion on my sleeve. Anyway, even if I was down with Google+, I just can't see it all transitioning smoothly.

Well, on much more positive note...I am super excited to share three happy ways for you to continue to follow my blog...and all of your favorite blogs!

First, the brannnnnnd NEW! Which I am loving!! So easy to navigate! I have already found so many new bloggers to crush on! I highly recommend it! I know it is going to grow into something fabulous!! Join the fun now!

And we also have the growing-in-popularity, bloglovin'.com. Which I've been using a bit, and now I'll be jumping in wholeheartedly!! :)

And lastly... there's following by email! Super easy, and if you are not a fan of blog music or if pages load super slowly for you, then this may be the perfect answer! And being that it's in your email you'll also never miss a blog entry, giveaway, or sale! :)

All three options are there to the right! I hope that you'll continue to follow me. I have soooo many things planned for this blog! :)

Ohh ohh!! And thanks so so much for all of the entries for our Pin It to Win It giveaway!! You still have time!! We'll be choosing a winner Monday! :)

Love you guys to bits!
xo Jenny


  1. hi, dear! lovely to hear from you! I hope you are well! I wanted to also tell you that my designer gave me a book full of 30 macaroon recipes!! They are all so beautiful... you would love it!!

    love, polly :D

  2. I agree with you 100%, Jenny! I don't like the direction these HUGE conglomerates are heading in. I'm tired of being pushed into "their" way of doing things. I hadn't realized this was happening, so thanks for the info. DARN! Now, I'm off to check out your new suggestions! Love your designs SO much! Nan

  3. i hate this GFC stuff too. Google+ is sooo not the same idea and is completely unnecessary for bloggers, really. At least we have blogger blogs and can keep our GFC widgets... at least for a little while longer :\
    On the other hand, i can kinda see why they wouldn't want NON-google affiliated sites using their products. I just hope that if they do remove it for blogger/blogspot blogs, they give us an actual easy way to transfer all of our hard work (followers) somewhere.
    xo dana

  4. Yes, Google+ got on the social networking train a little late. They are trying to create new interest and that's just not going to work. Too bad. Luckily I'm new to this blogging stuff so I'll take a closer look at everything. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I kind of don't get it... you are a blogspot blog though so why would they take that away from your blog?
    I can still see your followers.

  6. This post is just what I needed! I haven't had the time or even the right attitude to explore new options. I can't wait to give the websites you mentioned a look around! Now I just need to find more time in the day.

    hugs! ~ Chelsea Ann

  7. This post is just what I needed! I haven't had the time or even the right attitude to explore new options. I can't wait to give the websites you mentioned a look around! Now I just need to find more time in the day.

    hugs! ~ Chelsea Ann

  8. I hate change so much! I am still super bummed out about Picnik, I'll never find anything as great as that site again!

  9. Oh, I hear you about picnik :( I am still so confused as to all the changes google are forcing. Rest assured, I'll being stopping by all the time :)
    toni xo


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