I’m fairly certain most of you have heard that Google will be pulling the plug on Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger hosted blogs this spring. Fiction Vixen is powered by WordPress and self-hosted so we will be losing that sexy little widget that has been with us since August of 2009. As you might have guessed, I am not amused. I’m bitter.
In fact, I’m breaking up with you Google Friend Connect!! That’s right! Don’t tell me you’re leaving me and expect me to sit around and wait!! Go on!! Get OUT!!! I’m filing for custody of our followers. I will fight you for them! I love them and they are MINE!!!!! *sobs*
Don’t worry about me my friends. I’ll be okay. I’ll spend a day or two on the couch with box of tissues, and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Then, I’ll burn pictures of Google Friend Connect and delete all it’s text messages to me. Then…I’ll move on. Who needs Google Friend Connect anyway? *sobs* I won’t look longingly at the spot on the sidebar it always claimed as it’s own. I won’t wear it’s T-shirts and sleep on it’s pillow. I won’t hit refresh on my browser waiting for that email telling me I have a new follower. I won’t. *sobs* GOOD-BYE GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT! IT’S OVER!!!
*Ahem* I’m sorry you had to witness that. It was ugly I know. But it had to be done. A clean break was the only way. I shall carry on.
Now, as I file for divorce from Google Friend Connect you should know that you may not be able to read Fiction Vixen in your readers once Google pulls the plug. So now is the time to be proactive. Let’s fight back and show Google Friend Connect who’s boss shall we?
If you’d like to continue to get daily updates and read Fiction Vixen in your inbox or your favorite RSS reader the best method is to subscribe. Here’s what you do:
To give you a little encouragement to subscribe, I have some fun giveaways planned that will be available exclusively on my feed and email subscriptions. (I’ll still have blog giveaways but subscribers will be getting a few bonuses in the coming months.)
In addition to these methods of keeping up with Fiction Vixen, you can also:
So there you have it. The end of my relationship with Google Friend Connect. Time to move on. I’ll never love again, I just know it.