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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Disappearing followers

On Monday it looks like Google will start making it impossible for people to follow blogs on Blogger without a Google account.

"As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId 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.

The last line is hilarious as it offers exactly the reverse of what they claim.  We fail to see how restricting followers to a data mining interface and offering bloggers less followers is an improved experience.

Now although Triple P has a Google account (We think!) we do not put anything on our Google page because we don't really know what it is for, except for extracting commercially valuable data.  We only joined it because there were one or two blogs we wanted to follow but couldn't without having an account.  Many people, I suspect, don't want a Google account and so these people will start dropping off our followers list.  So if you find yourself no longer being a follower next week it isn't Triple P's fault!

I have added a "follow by email" option which should work as an alternative.


  1. Does this mean that it will no longer be possible to follow your blog unless I have a google account? That's a shame, because I don't really want one, as I don't see the point of it (and don't like google as a company anyway). Is there any chance you will publish elsewhere, outside of the all-powerful google universe? In any case, thanks very much for all your interesting posts and all the lovely pictures. It's much appreciated.

    1. I think you will be able to follow by email see the panel above the followers one. Just put youur email address in and you will be notified of new posts.

  2. Hoping Google won't ruin RSS/Atom capability next as that's how I've always followed this blog. If so, that follow by email option will come in handy and I'll gladly use it. Thanks for thinking of your readers' needs beyond the great eye candy, Triple P!

  3. I use a thing called a "bookmark". Very old-fashioned, I know.

    That PR doublespeak does remind me of a phone tree I was caught up in that belonged to a large company. They introduced it with "Please listen carefully to the options as we change them frequently for your convenience."

  4. My way of "following" blogs and everything else has always been to bookmark the site and click back to it when I have time. No need for any accounts.