This is probably old news, but I've only just found out about it. Google Friend Connect will discontinue on the 1st March. For those who don't know what this is, this is the widget that allows you to display followers on your blog - and allows bloggers to follow you.
I'm not too sure what this means entirely. I think, if your blog is powered by blogger, you are fine. You won't lose any followers. But if your blog is powered by a third party site, say Wordpress or other such blog hosting sites, then you will lose them (please, someone correct me if I'm wrong here).
I think it also means that you won't be able to follow a blog that is hosted by a third party site. That means I'm going to lose a lot of good blogs from my list!
I only bring this up because I've read two posts today that have mentioned it. TWO. And no other mention from any other blog! There are so many other bloggers out there and I'm concerned that they don't realise what is about to happen. I may sound vein going on about the amount of followers we all have, but some blogs have hundreds of followers. They've worked really hard to establish themselves and have earned that amount. It'd be pretty shitty for all that work to be thrown back in their faces.
They're suggesting, if this is to affect you, that you create a google+ account and gain your followers through there via a widget on your blog, but this is something that will need building up again.
Here's a link to a blog where you can read more about it
If I'm wrong, if I'm being totally blonde about this, then I apologise for stirring up a fuss over nothing, but if I'm right...
I feel it's only fair that if bloggers are unaware of this event, they should know. (and if anyone else can explain this all to me in layman's terms, I'd be much appreciated)