Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 7:05 AM
Since the introduction of the Following feature on Blogger, it has been adopted by nearly three million blogs, with someone following a new blog every second. Over the past few months, we’ve been striving to make it better, and now we're proud to announce the integration of Google Friend Connect and Blogger.
By building on Friend Connect technology, the Following feature can now tap into an open ecosystem. Visitors will be able to follow a blog using their Google, Yahoo, AIM, or OpenID account, just as they can on any other site with Friend Connect. These blogs will be listed in their profile alongside other sites they've joined. And it also leverages existing friend relationships, meaning they'll be able to quickly see if their friends also follow the blog.
Watch the video below to learn more:
If you're already using Friend Connect on your blog, like we do on this blog, you don't need to change anything. You can continue to use Friend Connect as you have in the past. And this is just the first step in the integration, so be sure to stay tuned for further improvements, including an easy way to add OpenSocial gadgets through Blogger and the integration of the commenting features. To learn more, visit Blogger Buzz.
One note for readers who previously followed one or more sites with Blogger Following and joined one or more sites with Friend Connect: you can decide whether or not to show the sites you've joined via Blogger Following and Google Friend Connect in your Blogger profile. By default, we have turned the "Show blogs I follow in my Blogger profile" option off. If you change your mind, here are instructions for making this list of sites public on your Blogger profile.