In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers. Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer ------- "

The weasel talk is in the words " but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers " --------- What a load of fucking crap.

I remember a similar incident like this when I was teaching. A major telecommunciations provider in NZ gave schools money in the form of a donation. The amount of money was based on parents landline telephone usage. All that parents had to do, was give to the school office details of their telephone account usage with this particular Telco. The school received money from the Telco NO MATTER WHETHER THE SCHOOL USED THIS PARTICULAR TELCO ITSELF AS AN INTERNET / PHONE PROVIDER.

 ----- As soon as schools became dependent on the money ( I was the computer person in our particular school at the time and this money became a big part of our development budget ) the Telco changed the rules and said "Only schools that we provide all business to i.e. phones, fax, internet will be eligible to receive this money " - so of course most schools changed their internet provider to ensure the continuation of funds that they now relied on.

I considered THEN in regard to the Telco and NOW in terms of Google that this is pretty shoddy business practise; dubious, dishonest, mealy mouthed and weasel tongued...... and quite frankly I don't know whether I want to continue blogging when the readership is put under these sorts of constraints. 

But I guess every cloud has a silver lining. As I have grown older I have taken a lot of steps to simplify my life. I don't use FaceBook, twitter shitter or want ever its called, instragram (with its filtered distortion of reality) and all the other mindless social fuckwit media. In fact apart from blogging the only electronic media I use is a very basic cell phone that I carry around (turned off) as a medical emergency aid and for ringing the local bridge control to get them to lift the bridge when I take Mariner out for a sail. So now is an opportunity to simplify even more and just get on with my life of building, renovating and sailing small boats without feeling the need to share it online.

I'll sleep on it.