Google announced this week that it is no longer going to support Google Friend Connect (GFC). ”To recap, we’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for…” I was puzzled by that statement since 90% of the blogs I visit have a GFC widget. Ninety percent is not enough for Google, guys. They want WORLD DOMINATION. I’m not hating on Google. I seriously fail to see how GFC is a failure to them when so many bloggers use it.
So to recap my feelings, I am mad. Actually, I’m mostly sad like I’ve been dumped by a boyfriend that I relied on for so long. But, since I don’t like being sad, I’ve decided to be mad. When I sat back to examine why I was mad and what exactly I was losing, I came to realize something. I’m not losing hardly anything. People can still read my blog through my RSS feed, twitter, facebook and email. What did I value about GFC that I feel like I’m losing? ANSWER – THE NUMBER. You know what number I’m talking about.
Every blog I visit, I am always curious about what their follower number is. Without even thinking about it, I always judge the blog a little by their numbers. Not in a bad way. I would break down my judgements into these categories:
- 0-100 Followers: Aww, how cute. They just started blogging!
- 100-500 Followers: Newbie blogger, but look how hard they are working!
- 500-1000 Followers: Established blogger. I want that to be me someday.
- 1000+ Followers: JEALOUS. Maybe that will be me someday if I work hard enough.
I spent all day thinking about how I was going to replace GFC. The truth is, I don’t really need to replace it. I’ll let it sit there until Google pulls the plug. Since visitor stats are useful, maybe I’ll put a hit counter or a RSS reader count from feedburner on my sidebar – I can’t really decide.
How do you feel about Google discontinuing Google Friend Connect?