Monday, December 28, 2015

Google Account Will Be Required starting January 11, 2016 To Follow Google Blogger

Hello friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I know the weather has been really strange all over US for the past few weeks.  We had frost on our car windows this morning.  I don't remember weather this cold in Southern CA.  New York had temperatures in the 60's for Christmas day.  I always remember Christmas in New York with lots of snow and cold!  Now there is flooding in several states.  Please stay safe during this holiday season. 

Here is an announcement from Blogger; with changes that could affect anyone who does not have a Google account.  Apparently, starting the week of Jan. 11; everyone will be required to have a Google account to follow blogs.  Please read message below.  It is an easy fix; but does require everyone to have a google account.

Posted: December 21, 2015

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, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’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, we’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, we’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, they’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

I am sorry if this causes any of my followers issues; but I hope you will be willing to create a Google account; so that you can continue to follow anyone who has a blog with blogger.  You will need to create a Google account and become a follower again; as they will remove all the followers who do not have Google accounts.

I appreciate all of my followers and hope to see all of you still on my followers list next year.  

Thank you for taking time to read this information.  

Have a Wonderful and Blessed 2016!
Happy New Year!


  1. Gloria, thanks so much for sharing this, I am going to add it to my blog. I have lost a lot of followers due to this already. thanks for sharing, been trying to get an answer for some time.

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  2. Thanks for this. I have a google account so should not disappear from your blog. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Happy New Year and all the best for a wonderful 2016!! :)


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