|New Linky F♥llower Tool!|
Hi, I'm Jennifer, but all my friends call me Jenn. I'm hoping by the end of this guest post we'll all be buddies so please feel free to start calling me Jenn now, lol. I'm thrilled to be writing my very first Guest Post. (I sure hope you like it!) I've always wanted to do one, but never been asked. It felt kinda like standing on the sidelines at the dance. But wait!! I've been asked to dance!! COOL. Thanks Carmen, I'm truly thrilled to be blogging for you today.
I have a blog named Just Add Water Silly where I wax poetic about art in general, my own artwork, other amazing artists I come across and NEW COOL TOOLS for the Savvy Blogger. That's what I'm guest blogging about today!! I came across a VERY NEW Cool Tool just two days ago, only one dayafter it's launch. Here's a bit of background, before I leap into an effusive endorsement of the New Follower Tool.
I heard an awful rumor last week that Google Friend Connect, the most used platform for following blogs, was being discontinued by GOOGLE (along with a bunch of other Google products). Well, as I'm sure you're doing, I kinda panicked. I hurriedly Googled it (pun intended, I mean, Igoogled Google, LOL.) YES, it was true... with one caveat, they were only discontinueing it for NON Blogger blogs. WHEW, I'm a Blogger Blog! Yea!! I was safe. THEN the other shoe dropped a couple days ago. I read on another blog that in actuality, Google was discontinuing GFC for BLOGGER Blogs too! (By the end of the year) NOW WHAT??!?
I started thinking about my experience with Google. I used to love GOOGLE. I loved it's neat ideas and I'd seen t.v. programs about how they treated their staff, wow, great company. Don't get me wrong, Google is my GOTO search engine. I use Google images etc. all the time... But, lately? I was feeling a little watched. Here's what happened.
I've was really ill late last year. I ended up in the hospital for a week in September then a few day trips back for electrolyte/blood transfusions in the months to come. (Don't worry, I'm muuuch better now, thank you for asking, lol.) The stress that my illness caused on my body had an unexpected side effect. This month, my hair started falling out in clumps. (I know, it's just a stress reaction to the illness & it'll grow back, but dang!) I did some research using GOOGLE and found a product called Viviscal that when taken as a pill twice a day makes your hair grow back. It's a dozen years old, time tested, herbal and it WORKS! Well, what I found was that now, every time I went to a blog or site that used Google, I saw targeted ads for VIVISCAL!!! I'm thinking, HOLY COW!! I'm being watched! I am a little sensitive about my seriously thin hair and really didn't want to have everyone who used my computer to see that I was using Viviscal. I mean THINK about it, what else have you Googled in the past that you don't want to share? Ya, scary. For serious.
I decided I didn't want to use ANY platform that would use or sell my private information. So, who had a tool that allowed me to have followers but didn't break my privacy rules? Brent Riggs, THAT'S WHO!! Brent is well known across the Blogosphere and has never sold or used the info he gets when a blogger signs up to use his tools. He's a really nice man and even answers his own email within hours of receiving it! (I've emailed him a couple times with questions or help needs and he's helpful, friendly and funny!) He's also one guy, not some huge conglomerate. I like that.
So, if you want to sign up for your own New FOLLOWERLinky Tool, just go to www.linkyfollowers.com and sign up. After the confirmation email you'll get the easy to use code when you sign in. Just add it to your blog sidebar in an HTML gadget. Then you can add your avatar and a mouse-over quote about you, and you can even fill out an "About You" if you choose to (other bloggers can then read it when they click your avatar). Everything is optional, just pick how much info you want to add. Go make this tool the GOTO Follower tool throughout the Blogosphere!
I am now a HAPPY CAMPER, do you see my smile? Yes, thank you Mr. Linky (Brent Riggs) for saving us. We, the blogosphere, L♥VE You. For Serious!
written by Diane inVT, February 24, 2012