The Blogger’s Toolbox: Google Friend Connect is a Big Fat Jerk

Ok, I get it. Google is the internet God and what Google wants, Google gets. But really? They’re the biggest name on the internet and they can’t keep the Google Friend Connect widget from being down about 85% of the time?! For pete’s sake.

So I outsmarted them. You little turkeys think you’re sooooo cool with your monopoly. Ha! I will outfox you, Google.

If you will direct your attention to the left hand sidebar underneath my Facebook, Twitter, and Email buttons (hey, send me an email! I love ‘em!), you’ll see a Follow button for GFC. It will never go away, and it will never be down. Wanna know how I got it there? Pull up a chair, young grasshopper. I will show you the way.

1. Search Google (lol, the irony!) for a GFC button image. Or you can just right click>save as the one I have. I’ll share :).

2. Got it saved? Good. Now upload it somewhere like Photobucket or wherever you upload your images. I uploaded mine to my media folder through WordPress.

3. Now the semi-tricky part. Go to your GFC widget. If it’s not showing up, throw your hands up in the air in frustration and refresh until it does. Now, while logged out of Google, click the Follow or Join This Site button on your widget. This window will pop up:

 

See that URL up at the top that I have highlighted? Does the massive red arrow help? Good. Highlight and copy it.

4.  Now decide where you want your button to be, and create a new widget for it. Then, insert this code, with the appropriate URLs replaced, obvs.:

<a href=”INSERT YOUR SUPER CRAZY LONG JIBBERISH-Y GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT URL THAT YOU COPIED HERE”><img src=”INSERT THE DIRECT URL OF YOUR FOLLOW BUTTON THAT YOU UPLOADED TO PHOTOBUCKET OR WHEREVER HERE” /></a>

5. Save your widget. Check to make sure it worked.

6. Bask in your glory. You now have a permanent, reliable GFC follow button. Congratulations, you sneaky snake. We beat Google (kind of).

Comments

  1. New follower! And YOU, my dear, are a sneaky sneaky smarty girl! Great post! Thank you! I was getting frustrated with GFC as well!

  2. I love this post and I’m totally getting a button!!! Thanks for making me laugh…and teaching me something!!!

  3. I cannot thank you enough for this! This has made my day!

  4. Sweet! You’re so cool! It is way too late and I need to go to bed now, but I’m leaving your page open so I can do this tomorrow. Thanks, Love!

  5. Love it! You totally crack me up :) You are just too cool! xo

  6. Fantabulous! Done!! Thanks so much!

  7. Thank you!! You rock!

  8. I agree, it’s so ironic that Google can’t keep its own widgets up most of the time! Thanks for this little workaround, I’ll have to add it to my blog.

  9. where can i find the GFC widget.? so i can copy the url. :$