Google Friend Connect Retirement?

Wow this came to me as a big shocker, and quite a stupid update.  Not sure what Google is thinking with this move. It seems like just a way for them to build up Google+.

  • 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.

Taken from their lastest blog post:

So I would suggest you get what ever new system or social networking option you want to move to, and get it setup now so by the time they flip the switch and bury GFC, so you wont be left in the Dark.

Here is a guide that can help you get started with a Google+ Page:

And a Link to the Google+ Badge setup:


Google Friend Connect Install via WordPress

Here is a quick guide on how to install Google Friend Connect (GFC) to your WordPress Blog.

Step 1: Visit The GFC account page and create an account if you do not have one already )

  1. Add New Site – http://screencast.com/t/S8f61uAi
  2. Enter your site info (Site Name, Site Url, Press Continue) – http://screencast.com/t/7ns8TxKG

Step 2: Login to your WordPress Blog, and go to your widgets section and add a new text widget

  1. Login
  2. Go to Appearance > Widgets – http://screencast.com/t/OyxylkTjOiiz
  3. Add a new text widget to your sidebar/footer – http://screencast.com/t/GeMVKCU7
  4. In GFC, click “Add the members gadget”, set the colors you would like, then generate the code – http://screencast.com/t/Op3pg1cOKvcT
  5. Copy/paste the code into your new WordPress Widget – http://screencast.com/t/iyzE5CuCB

Step 3: Save your widget, and refresh your home page – http://screencast.com/t/d4OqibGk0ke



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