Big News: Google Friend Connect Is Going Away, Follow Bun Bun Makeup Tips With Bloglovin’!


Oh my! Oh my! Have you heard? Have you heard?

Google Friend Connect will no longer be available for non-Bloggers from March 1, 2012. Non-Bloggers refer to Non-Google sites. That means, if your blog is not on blogspot, your GFC widget will be removed!

I don’t have Google Friend Connect so I’m not affected, but my heart goes out to all those bloggers who depend solely on GFC to reach out to their readers. I once chanced upon a blog that explicitly stated to ‘only follow via Google Friend Connect’, and I was like er… okie… Anyway, I know of many bloggers who have painstakingly worked at building their GFC followers and now it’s all going away. :(

I was late in joining the blogging world, long after the everyone else had GFC so I really didn’t bother adding the widget to my blog.

That it is Google’s way of forcing people to use Google+ is plain for all to see.

Many people are also worried that with the removal of Google Friend Connect comes the subsequent fall of other Google-controlled utlities, like Google Reader. Don’t worry, Google Reader is not dying. Rather, Google is integrating Google Reader into the development of Google+.

I personally don’t use Google Reader and much prefer iGoogle to see updates of the blogs I follow at a glance. That way, all my RSS subscriptions will not be affected even if Google decides to remove Google Reader one day.

But just in case Google decides to remove Google Reader and you follow this blog via Google Reader, here are other methods to follow Bun Bun Makeup Tips:

Get Updates by Email

The most consistent way of following a blog is via email subscription, because it is independent of blog platforms.

Subscribe to Bun Bun Makeup Tips via RSS

When presented with the options ‘Add to Google Homepage’ and ‘Add to Google Reader’, I always choose the former, because this method is also independent of blog platforms.
Bun Bun RSS

Receive updates on Facebook and Twitter too!

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Bun Bun on Facebook Follow with Bloglovin’

A new and very popular way to follow blogs is via Bloglovin’. There, you will see a thumbnail image and excerpt for each post and you’ll be brought to the blog page when you click it. It is kinda like the Bun Bun Makeup Tips’ top navigation panel whereby clicking on ‘Read More’ will bring you to the full post.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Do you have Google Friend Connect on your blog? Do you follow blogs using that? What do you think of it going away?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • Sandra3619

    I do have google friend connect on both of my blogs, but most people follow me at Bloglovin. I think that in Holland, where I live, people use Bloglovin much more often compared to Google friends.

    Dutch Bloggers who do tons of FOTD’s etc and have followers all over the world use Google friends much more.

    • Bun Bun

      That’s good to hear. At least your followers have more than one way to keep track of your blog updates!

  • Katrina

    The disappearance of GFC doesn’t really bother me since I don’t blog and use Bloglovin to keep track of my favourite blogs. I love the anonymity and freedom it gives me :)

    • Bun Bun

      Yeah, I love the freedom of not being weighed down by any particular form of medium too. That’s why I always subscribe via RSS.

  • Kelly

    Thanks for the news! I didn’t know!

  • a!k0

    Oh no!! Now definitely have to retrace my steps and follow my fave blogs with bloglovin’.. maybe I should get one too…how do you do that anyway? XDD I guess it doesn’t really matter to me cause sometimes I follow so I can keep track of blogs I read but I stalk them like crazy XDD hahaha… but it is a sad news for them people :) I am sure there are other ways to keep in touch!! Like Twitter XD hehehe


  • Dayna

    It doesn’t really bothers me since I don’t use it at all. Most of my followers is via Twitter, RSS subscriptions or just via links from their own blogs. I don’t track who follows or doesn’t follow mine since I’m more of a personal blogger. 😉