Google is discontinuing Google Friend Connect March 1 for all platforms except Blogger. It is also a strong rumor that they will also cancel GFC for Blogger in the near future.
LINKY FOLLOWERS (http://www.linkyfollowers.com/)
Some of my wonderful Blogging Friends got together and contacted Brent, the man behind Mr. Linky (I use Mr. Linky for my weekly party...NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY). He has created a new Linky Followers platform on which we can connect with each other. I’m still using GFC since I’m on Blogger, but I think this is a great new tool to have to stay connected with non-Blogger friends and, who knows what may happen to GFC in the future, so let's all stay connected and sign up to follow each other with LINKY FOLLOWERS. Brent has made it very easy to sign up, you just follow his clear instructions. Plus, you don't need a blog to sign up either. This service is FREE and he has included some neat options:
*View the blogs you follow
*Read follower posts from your list or on a scrolling feed
*Group your followers
*Mark your favorites for quick access and viewing
*Plus, it’s much easier to follow back someone who is following you (unless you use the "random" set up on how you want your friends pictures to appear) I choose the newest to appear at the top.
*Plus you can even "feature" a blogger!
Non-Blogger users will not be able to transfer people from their GFC followers and will lose all of their Google Friend Connect friends. Don’t take a chance of losing your followers when GFC goes away for non-blogger platforms. Sign up for Linky Followers now and give your followers the option to follow you this way. This also offers your followers who are not linked to Blogger an alternative.
Another important thing, Linky Followers won't ask you or your followers to sign up for any unneeded or unwanted service, and Brent isn't using or selling the private information collected from use of his tools, unlike Google, Facebook, Twitter, Etc. Who needs another service to spread your personal information all over the web?
You can use the link above or the link at the bottom of my Linky Followers gadget on the sidebar to take you directly to Brent's service. After you sign up, won’t you please sign up to follow me in the new widget on my sidebar, right under the Followers widget, just above the Google Friend Connect sign-up. If you follow me, please let me know so I can follow you back. You may also opt to sign up on GFC, if you are still affiliated with Blogger. I’ll be keeping that for as long as it’s available.