Blogs & Networking

I've had a few emails asking me if I have heard the news regarding Google Friend Connect . If you have no clue what I am talking about read this post on the official Google Blog . Keeping it short they are basically getting rid of most of their products and Google Friend Connect is one BUT from what I can understand it's ONLY for NON Google blogs. is a Google product this should not effect us blogger/blogspot hosted blogs so if you have your blog hosted on Wordpress and use the GFC for people to get updates this will be no longer an option as of March 1, 2012.

Regardless what blogging platform that you use there are several ways to get your blog out there and for people to subscribe/follow.

Facebook Page : Some people think it's a great idea to have a Facebook page others find it slightly pretentious. Me on the other hand find it to be a great idea as Facebook is still the social networking site to be apart of. Their pages have a lot of apps and everyone & their mama has a Facebook profile so it's fantastic way for your friends to follow you and to spread the word of your blog.

Bloggers : I look upon this one as a "Blogger Catalogue" you can search blogs within categories & Country. The have a spotlight feature daily called "Editors Pick of the Day" so not only is there a chance you will be front page featured they also tweet who is their EPOTD. I was fortunate enough earlier this month to be featured, it's worth signing up.

Google Reader : A lot of us find Google Reader easier to keep up with our favourite blogs. You can read the entire blog ( if the RSS feed is full ) and catch up. You can put your subscriptions into folders & continue following more blogs than blogger always on your dashboard.

Twitter : Another very popular social networking site, your blog posts can be automatically published to twitter via FeedBurner, Twitter & more. Great way to keep in contact with fellow bloggers and discover new bloggers/companies and latest beauty gossip.

Google+ Page : Since the launch of Goolge+, Google is having an early Spring clean of products and launching new ones. Google+ pages -learn more here- are one of those and are available to us with a range of categories to select. They look identical to the profile pages so there's not much getting use to and as far as I can tell there's no direct feed from your blogs to your Google+ fan pages at the moment ( do correct me if wrong ). It's still fairly early to see what will come of these pages.

BlogLovin' : You can be notified when your favourite blogs update via your email when you sign up to BlogLovin' -it's optional- but if you are someone who is glued to their email inbox or you liked to be notified asap on when your favourite blog has posted something. This can be one for you. Once again on BlogLovin' you can search new blogs by Country & category.

I think networking is important and I also think it's ridiculous that Google is shutting down GFC for non Google blogs. I must admit I'm not the best at social networking but it can work out for the best and there's always sites that your readers will feel comfortable to follow your blog on.

What's your favourite social networking site to use in association for your blog ?
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  1. Very helpful thanks!

    xo Jenn

  2. Great post thanks!!

    xo Jenn

  3. I'm bad with updating my Twitter.. I STILL find it overwhelming with all the updates.
    I like how you listed all the other options and sound optimistic about it as compared to the other updates that I've read on this situation. In the long run though, it will change things for bloggers who use Blogger & have sponsors for their blog or enjoy their PR friendly title too since it's a numbers game for companies. I'm thinking companies will start regarding Facebook & Twitter stats higher.

  4. Great post honey and very helpful
    Indeed,I'm not so keen on facebk one lol but will try twitter etc and thanx for listing options too!

  5. @Saimese I can be bad with twitter also I can't deny that. It's very up & down with me! Thank you (:
    For us who use Blogger it shouldn't effect us that Google are getting rid of GFC for non-blogger users as we should still have the gadget. Others it definitely will effect. It's a shame though as these people have worked hard to gain a loyal readership.

  6. @Sharon Yeah Facebook pages aren't for everyone lol. I don't even like to have a Facebook profile, I'm friendless on mine. Yet there are plenty of options for people that their readers will feel comfortable enough to follow (:

  7. Thanks for this info, it's very helpful. I was a bit confused as to what the loss of GFC could mean for my blog and the great blogs I follow but im a lot more informed now.


  8. @Henessy Oh I'm glad (: I just hope people get it I'm so rubbish at explaining things to be honest lol. Happy to help xoxo

  9. gosh that's a douche move, why bother creating GFC and promoting it to everyone, only to rip it out later and forcing people to open up google plus instead (which has its crazy rules). has GFC even been up long, just makes me paranoid about remaining on blogger.

  10. @Bombchell it is a stupid move I agree. Their trying to get Google+ on the rise it seems by taking away some products and saying Google+ is the alternative.

    It's quite unfair to those who are not on the blogger platform cos as Saimese says it is a numbers game with blogging unfortunately when it comes to PR companies.

    I think it's only been up since 2008. It's a real stupid move to remove it for non blogger users now.

  11. Google are taking the piss!

    Smh. Anyhoo I use GFC LOL and Twitter...sometimes bloglovin too :)

  12. @The Nerd... HAHA! Very much so.
    I wouldn't be surprised if us on blogger begin to get sceptical on when they might cut it off for us also =/

  13. Oh no this is terrible news for me, as my blog is Wordpress =( I guess I will have to start using Google+...but will have to start gaining followers from scratch? Ugh!

    So NOT happy with Google right now...but thanks so much for posting so at least I can try to get a headstart on finding some other method of followers before March!

  14. @Melanie I think you will lose your followers as I don't think there is any way to transfer your followers over from GFC to any other Google platform. Which really does suck and is terrible for Wordpress users.

    I'm glad I could alert you