Thursday, February 7, 2019

Blogger in Process of Removing G+ & Like Buttons

John R. Houk
© February 7, 2019

If you blog, read blogs, spend time on social media and/or share what you read on social media; then you are probably aware Google is shutting down its social media program Google-Plus (G+} in April. If you didn’t know – SURPRISE, it’s happening.

The reason I think I read is Google believes there is a lack of traffic. Another possible reason I heard is G+ had a hack breach and Google doesn’t want to deal with the issue. Since I tend to lean toward conspiracy reasoning, I have a suspicion most G+ users are of a Conservative nature and Google does more than lean Left, Google almost falls on its face leftward because it leans so far Left. At any rate, I received this announcement from Blogger (owned by Google) about G+ social sharing:

Following the announcement of Google+ API deprecation scheduled for March 2019, a number of changes will be made to Blogger’s Google+ integration on 4 February 2019.

Google+ widgets: Support for the “+1 Button”, “Google+ Followers” and “Google+ Badge” widgets in Layout will no longer be available. All instances of these widgets will be removed from your blog.

+1 buttons: The +1/G+ buttons and Google+ share links below blog posts and in the navigation bar will be removed.

Please note that if you have a custom template that includes Google+ features, you may need to update your template. Please contact your template supplier for advice.

Google+ Comments: Support for Google+ comments will be turned down, and all blogs using Google+ comments will be reverted back to using Blogger comments. Unfortunately, comments posted as Google+ comments cannot be migrated to Blogger and will no longer appear on your blog. 

Those buttons have disappeared on Blogger usage on SlantRight 2.0. I found this annoying because my “Like Button” disappeared as well, meaning the Facebook social media are prevented from liking posts. I’m going to try and figure on placing a “Like Button” back on the blog, but I’m not really tech-savvy so it might take awhile to figure that out.

JRH 2/7/19
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  2. The Google Doc link in the "Unknown" comment above is to a lengthy plan involving around "veterans business plan". Is it a fake, a scam or for real? I don't have time to check. I didn't read to the end myself. I advise you to be DARN SURE before you invest your money.