Dec 12, 2011

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Question – To Google + or Not To Google +? (Or What Should I Do Now That Google Friends Connect Is Abandoning Me?)

As of March 1st 2012, Google will no longer be supporting their Google Friends Connect (GFC) feature to non-Blogger blogs.  That means me. I am a proud WordPress user and therefore you will no longer be able to follow my blog by clicking the nifty “Join this site” button on my sidebar.  You know, this one:

From what I understand, if you are one of the awesome people who follow my blog via Google Friends Connect, my new posts from March 1st 2012 on will not show up in your Google Reader.

Well poo.

So if you are currently following me via GFC and want to continue following my blog (and I would be super duper smooper happy if you did), you have a few choices on how to follow Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks.

The easiest would be to subscribe via RSS Feed and choosing to view my blog via Google Reader.  I must admit that often when I choose to ‘follow’ a blog using GFC, it won’t show up in my Reader so I end up going back and Subscribing via RSS too.  That works beautifully and I can read all my favorite blogs in my Reader a few times a week.

To Subscribe to RSS, you would hold your mouse over this thing on my sidebar:

Then click on this thing:

As you can see, there are many ways to subscribe to my blog.  I don’t know what half of them are, but you may and that’s what most important here. 😉

You could also ‘like’ me on Facebook.  I post a link to my posts every time I post something.  You can “like” me there by clicking on to this on my sidebar:

Then there is the email option.  My posts can be emailed to you every night if you like! You can have the posts land in your inbox by clicking here on my sidebar:

Okay. That’s what I have set up so far.

Now there were two points to this week’s Question:  The first was to let you know that GFC is leaving me and that there are other ways you can follow me and the second was to ask your opinion on Google +.  Of course, Google is suggesting that non-Blogger sites use Google + to keep their readers up to date on what is going on in blogland.  But I am weary of adding yet another bit of social media to my already-packed-with-social-media day.  So I’m curious…

To Google + or not to Google +?  Do you guys use it?  Is it worth setting up an account for my blog?  Is that an option that you guys would like as a way of following Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks?

Yes, that is a lot of questions.  As you can tell, I am a little lost when it comes to Google + and could really use your opinion.

Now this last little part is for those of you who have joined my blog via GFC.  I want to say thank you.  I do a little dance (I really do) each and every time I receive an email saying that someone new has joined my site.  And now I ask that you follow me some other way.  And if you decide to follow me via RSS Feed or Facebook or what-have-you, please do so soon-ish.  I will most likely be disabling my GFC mid-January to early-February.  I just don’t want you guys to miss out on some of the cool stuff coming soon.  For example, my AAD2012 Author Spotlights that start up in January, a neat multi-author post I’m working on for February and of course all the reviews for all the great books releasing in 2012.

Thank you for taking the time to follow my blog…again.  And I don’t want any of you who already follow my via RSS Feed or Facebook or whatever other way you follow me.  I am not forgetting about you nor do I want you to feel neglected.  THANK YOU to you guys too.  Really, the fact that you guys all take time out of your week to pop over and visit means so much to me.  You all rock, each and every one of you.  I hope you realize that.  🙂

  1. i follow you via gfc so i added you in rss will probably check if i suscribed by email already, if you do G+ i will follow you there too
    but i don’t have facebook and so that’s out of the question ^^

    Don’t worry i really love your blog and what to follow it even without gfc (but i’m asking myself do we have a limited number of rss suscription or not)

    all the best

  2. *sniff* What to do? I think I will just put your blog on my sidebar to follow, easier that way. But evil blogger for doing this and there are so many blogs I follow that will be like this.

    I am on google+, I do not use it though, I do not get it and I do not want to use it

  3. Our blog is also affected by the GFC thing too. Erika made a page on Google +, so our stuff goes there. Not sure who’s actually reading our blog there, but it’s ready.

  4. I had G+. (Note the past tense but more on that later.) I didn’t use it much. One big downfall for me was that there is currently no way to have your blog posts automatically post on your G+ profile/page (yes, they have pages now, just like FB). You have to manually post your blog posts on G+. Other than posting my blog posts on there, I didn’t use G+. Just like I don’t really use FB to interact with people (thankfully there’s a way for FB to automatically post blog posts). My main way to interact with people, is Twitter.

    Back to the ‘I *had* G+’ part. I go to my profile the other day to post some of my posts on there only to find out my profile has been SUSPENDED. Why? Because Google has noticed that I didn’t use my real first and last name. (I had my name listed as Brianna TheBookVixen.) In order for me to reactivate my profile, I would have to submit my real last name and my ‘request’ would be considered. So if I tried another way to incorporate ‘Book Vixen’ or just ‘Vixen’ into my name instead of using my real last name, it would probably get denied and then I would have to wait 3 MONTHS before being able to try again. I’m not down with having my real last name spread all over Google’s products (as they stated would be done). So I deleted my G+ profile. Which isn’t that big of a deal for me since I rarely used it. So for people who wish to remain anonymous and do not wish to use their last name, G+ would not be the way to go.

    Bottom line, I mainly follow blogs and bloggers in my Google Reader and on Twitter.

  5. I’ll be putting a lot of blogs I follow back in my favourites list. And the ones like yours, that I can subscribe to by email, will be followed that way. Which has the added benefit, I can read my mail during working hours, and respond. If it is quiet at the office, that is 😉

  6. I just cancelled G+ last week. First, I just didn’t like it – maybe I’m too used to FB and Twitter, but I just didn’t feel it was as intuitive or easy to use. Secondly, because Google wants you to use your real name (not my blog alias), one of my middle school students found my profile,which also linked to my blog featuring a book with a scantily clad hottie. I don’t want my kids (or their parents!) giving my grief over my blog, so I sent the kids to lunch five mins early and deleted everything!! There was probably a way around that, but I figured better safe than sorry.

    So, yeah, I am going to stick with Google Reader subscriptions and Twitter.

  7. I’m still undecided as to where I stand on Google+. Like the previous commenters mentioned: it doesn’t allow auto-updates so it’s just one more site on which you have to manually paste links to yours posts (super annoying!) and you have to use your real name. I’m using Carmel B. but no one knows me as that so it’s confusing my followers. Plus, it’s not very user friendly. I’m letting it ride for now because it’s still new but I’m not sure that it’s a good tool for bloggers.

  8. Thank you SO much everyone for your input. I didn’t know most of what you guys said about Google + and I think, for the reasons you stated, I will pass on it. At least until it makes a little more sense for bloggers. I’ll stick with Facebook and RSS Feed subscriptions and email.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  9. I have you in my RSS reader, on Facebook, Twitter and on my favs toolbar anyway 🙂 Does that make me a stalker?
    Anyway I am on Google + but I don’t think its very user friendly and I pretty much ignore it.
    I discovered the other day that Blogger had added all the people I follow thru GFC automatically to my reader. I GFC some people as contest requirements but I am pickier about who I add to my RSS feed so I have had to go through and cull some.

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