This weekend I jumped on the Google Plus Train and opened up a Google Plus profile and linked it to my Blogger account. My old Blogger profile was replaced by my Google Plus information. I didn’t like how there was no option on Google Plus of not including my full name every time I left a comment on someone else’s blog. When I left a comment on someone’s blog my full name came up in the comment box. That just felt a little too……personal? So I switched back to my old Blogger profile. Apparently I will get left behind with all the rest of the old dinosaurs by doing this but for now, I really don’t care.
I also don’t like the new Blogger interface. It just doesn’t seem very user friendly and the pages don’t seem to load. I sit there looking at a blank page for ages! After groaning and screaming in frustration several times , I switched back to the old interface.
According to Google in the coming months you won’t be able to switch back to the old interface and your old Blogger profiles will all be replaced by Google Plus profiles which reveal a lot of personal information, much like a Facebook Profile page. Be careful, big brother is watching you!
This whole situation has me feeling frustrated about blogging at all!
I am considering moving to a self hosted WordPress site so I don’t have to deal with all of these surprises from Google anymore. They feel like an invasion of privacy to me.
But guess what? If you switch to a self hosted blogging platform like WordPress you don’t get to bring any of your Google Friend Connect Followers with you. Getting followers on a blog is hard work so I’m sure a lot of bloggers who use Blogger blogs won’t switch because of this single reason. Quite frankly, I don’t want to switch either because I don’t want to lose my GFC Followers.
Do I sound like a disgruntled employee or do I have a point here, folks?
To have a free blogging platform like Blogger you have to just put up or shut up I guess!
So have any of you switched to Google Plus and do you like it ?
What about switching to WordPress and losing your GFC Followers? Any advice there?