Didja ever come in to work one morning and turn on the computer, only to be confronted with the screen that says, “Update completed. You may now log on.” You know what that means, right? It means disaster. It means that nothing is going to work properly. Fresh update = "We haven’t had time to get all the bugs out and of course we put all this new stuff in without checking for compatibility, so you can basically forget about accomplishing anything today.”
In similar fashion, I signed into my blog this P.M. and noticed a precipitous drop in my followers – OK, for my small numbers that means a handful, but still, it was noticeable. I was pretty sure I hadn’t stupidly hit the wrong button to block anyone and moderately sure I hadn’t said anything to offend any group and besides, some of the “missing in action” were faithful followers. So I went to Blogger Help, selected “Known Issues for Blogger,” and put “followers” in the search box, which brought up the following message, dated today:
“You may have noticed that the count of your public Followers has decreased over the last few hours. [Darn tootin’, I did.] We are in the process of integrating with Google Friend Connect. [Oh, joy.]
There are a few users that already use both Blogger Following and Google Friend Connect. To avoid linking the profiles of Blogger and Friend Connect users without their permission, we have set these users to "anonymous". They are still following privately and will able to make themselves public again.
After the official launch of the Friend Connect integration, we will communicate with the affected users and instruct them how to reset their relationship to public. To reiterate: the number of Followers has not changed, and we believe that the launch will improve the visibility of your blog and community. We will post more details on Blogger Buzz as the launch approaches.”
I think that this “integration” does not affect me as a follower, since I am not on Google Friend Connect, so if your blog is on Blogger and you have the follower function you should still see R.B. Koehl trying to catch that balloon.