What is happening with GFC?
June 14, 2013
I am sure that most people have heard that Google Friend Connect (GFC) will no longer exist from the start of July.... is that true or is that a rumour? I haven't been able to find out from any official source that this will actually happen, and when I Google it, only blog posts come up with any information. I also heard this rumor last year, and nothing came of it. Hmmmm... maybe this just a really smart rumor that bloglovin' invented to get everyone swapping over to their site.
If nothing is going to happen to GFC, then hooray, we don't have to lift a finger! However, if something is going to happen to GFC (which, in all honesty, I don't know why Google would get rid of it), I know most bloggers will have already started freaking out that they will lose some of their followers, and anyone who likes to read blogs will also start worrying that they won't be able to keep track of their favourite blogs.
If you are worried that you may lose track of the blogs you read then you can always (just in case) sign up to bloglovin' and import your list of blogs that you subscribe to... so you won't even miss one blog post if this change over ever happens! Since I have a bloglovin' account, I thought I would briefly go through the simple process of importing your Blogger subscription list to bloglovin', so you won't have to worry about these rumours ever again! Also bloglovin' is a much more aesthetically pleasing site and has a few more fancy features that Blogger doesn't have - such as being able to group your subscriptions into categories. So if you were thinking of making the switch, or you just wanted a backup, then follow the steps below to import your Blogger subscription list over to bloglovin'.
Step 1: Create a bloglovin' login
Step 2: Once you create a log in, all you need to do is click on the heart icon in the top right hand side of your screen, and select Settings.
Step 3: Once you are in the Settings page, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and the button Import blogs is under the Other heading.
Step 4: Once you click on the button and follow the next few steps, bloglovin' will have imported all of your blogs that you are subscribed to, and you will have a similar (yet nicer looking) news feed than the one you had with Blogger.
Alternatively, you can visit each blog that you are subscribed to and see if they have a button (like the one below) on the side of blog... I don't recommend this method if you follow a lot of blogs :P
I am not holding my breath for this change to happen... and I am sure that if it was going to happen, then we would at least get an email from Blogger mentioning it. Nevertheless, it pays to be prepared!
If this change does happen, I hope to see you all on the other side :)