Noticed a drop in your blogger follower numbers…

Hiya Lovelies, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy 2016 to you all ๐Ÿ™‚ 
No crafting from me today, I have taken a couple of weeks off, but lots of lovely new items coming I promise ๐Ÿ™‚ 
Now I have noticed that I have taken quite a drop in blogger follower numbers and wondered what was going on. Well this morning my lovely blog friend Dawn posted this.

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, weโ€™ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks weโ€™ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs. 
As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, weโ€™ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Open Id providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, weโ€™ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.
We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, theyโ€™ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.


Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


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This change was due to take effect on Jan 11, but as I mentioned, I’ve already noticed 
a drop in follower numbers, as have some of my other blogging friends 
 I apologise if this causes any inconvenience & I hope that you can create a Google account, which will allow you to continue following my blog and others, who use Blogger.  

If you do create a Google account, you will have to “Follow” blogs again, as those who didn’t
 have an account will be permanently removed from our lists.  However, if you choose not
 to open a Google account, you can still follow blogs using other means such as Bloglovin’, Networked Blogs, by email etc but you’ll have to check each blog individually
to see what options are available to you!.

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog & I hope that you’ll continue 
to follow by whatever means suits you!

0 comments

Hmmm, that's interesting. I'd seen a bit of news around this topic but hadn't fully investigated the reason why so now I know! I only lost 1 follower, probably because I don't have all that many to begin with, or maybe I just got really lucky.
Thanks for the info hun.
Big hugs, Kat xx

I lost one but that one is back again – blooming blogger is always doing something or other to cause issues. Thanks for the lovely comments huni, I just came down with a cold on top of the RA and fibro being so bad, stuffing is knocked out again lol. Will be back to normal soon Karen xx

Dawn Lancaster

Happy New Year!
Thanks for spreading the word Tracy!
Hugs
Dawn xx

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