Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Mr. Linky Follower Tool!

The rumors are true, GOOGLE is discontinuing Google Friend Connect this March for all platforms except Blogger. It is also a strong rumor that they will also cancel GFC for Blogger by the end of this year. I decided to change over sooner rather than later and luckily I came across a NEW Follower Tool! Mr. Linky is a wonderful brand that has become invaluable to those who blog. The original Mr. Linky Magical Widgets allows bloggers to do Blog Hops easily. Behind the Mr. Linky brand is a real man (Brent Riggs) who isn't using or selling the private information collected from his tools, unlike Google, Facebook, Twitter etc. I didn't want ANOTHER tool that would use my information all over the web.

It annoys me that when I go to GOOGLE sites, specific ads pop up based on what I've been searching for. For instance, I was really sick last year and ended up in the hospital for a week, then back in three more times for blood/electrolyte transfusions. (Don't worry, I'm muuuuch better now, thank you for caring!) Because of this, my hair started falling out in clumps this month (it's just a reaction to the physical stress my illness put upon my body). Anyway, I digress... What annoys me about what Google is doing by "connecting" us all is now EVERY time I go to a Google connected website I see adds for Viviscal, (Viviscal is a pill I take twice a day that promotes new healthy hair growth and it REALLY works, no side effects, it's herbal). This begs the question... what if you'd searched the web for vaginal lubricants, or itch cream or, GOD FORBID, some weird sex toy you heard about (and was curious enough to Google it)??!? Just THINK what could pop up in the ads every time you inadvertently go to a Google connected site!!! This is NOT GOOD. (Sorry about the visuals, but I was trying to make a point.)

This dilemma brought me to Brent's NEW Mr. Linky Follower Tool. It has been Beta tested and was launched on Feb 1, 2012. I am one of the first users of this new tool and I'm THRILLED to use it. It's easy to sign up, you just follow his clear instructions. You don't need a blog to sign up either. It allows you to choose what you want people to see when someone mouses-over your picture! It's got some very cool features and I can't wait to have it fill up with my new friends and followers of this blog.

So, PLEASE, for me, please sign up with my New Follower Tool. I think it's gonna be BIG, specifically because Brent Riggs isn't going to do what those huge companies are doing. He's just one smart tool building man who actually answers his own mail (I know this because I emailed him twice so far, he's such a cool guy, and funny too!) So, let me say THANK YOU, Mr. Linky. I your products and I hope you make more. (I also intend to tell EVERYONE who will listen about it, in every comment, conversation, emial and blog post. Mr. Linky Follower Tool will take over the web within the month, lol, I'm on the job!)
I'll be back soon with new art. Sorry there hasn't been much for the past few days, I've had a touch of the stomach flu which makes painting really hard to concentrate on. :o) I love you all, thanks for re-signing up. I truly appreciate your taking the time to do it.


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  1. I'm still laughing over "some weird sex toy you heard about"! Haha!

    I am equally annoyed over this advertising crap, though. Hate that facebook does it, also. Seriously people, you do not know our minds by a few searches we've done in the past! Key word here is "past".

    Really enjoyed hearing about Mr. Linky Tool and will check out now. Thanks, Jenn for the informative and entertaining post! x

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  3. Thanks for sharing about this and I've added myself to your new one.
    Yeah Mr. Linky!

  4. I DID IT!!!
    Thanks are a wealth of info...
    and now I feel in front of the pack with this one,
    not miles behind like usual.
    I am going to poke around here a little more...
    see told ya I am usually behind LOL

  5. I have signed up and am following you. I agree with everything you have said...Big Brother really is watching us!

    Thanks for linking this post up to my weekly link up. I'm very happy that you have joined in and shared this very important information.

    Best wishes,

    PS Glad you are feeling so much better now!

  6. Jennifer--thanks for helping to get the word out but I do need to tell you that Mr. Linky is a completely different site than Linky Tools (formerly McLinky). I just didn't want people getting confused.

    I followed you back.


  7. I don't think we have met before, but you have just expressed my feelings to a T! Our right to privacy is so abridged already. I'm excited over the new platform, Brent is a great guy and I am following you with the new Linky tool. Hope you will too!

  8. Thanks for sharing this Jennifer! I decided to give it a try! Hate to have to start over, but it looks like it is going to be a nice tool to have! :)

  9. Oh, yes...thanks for sharing the info...I will come back (tomorrow) to sign up and follow ☺.


  10. My husband and I had several miscarriages, and I had googled information regarding my reproductive health, miscarriage grief groups etc... and then got the lovely reminders from google ads on a daily basis. IT made life *so much fun*

  11. I like this new option. I really am not happy with G+, and do feel that GFC is now an outdated option even for us on Blogger. I have signed up, and have the widget on my blog.

  12. Thanks for the info. I have a typepad blog and was never able to figure out GFC. So maybe I'll be able to use this linky on my blog.

  13. Thank you so very much for sharing this information! I cannot tell you how disgusted I am by what Google is doing and I am THRILLED to hear of this new alternative for followers! I have added this to my list of things to do and look forward to connecting with you through this new method and sharing it with my readers as well! I hope you feel better soon - I am also home sick as well!

    By the way, I am also FEATURING YOU on this week's Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy - thank you so much for your inspirational Butterfly posts - I look forward to seeing your latests creations when you are feeling a little better!


  14. Great info. I too have added the Linky Follow widget to my blog. I hope it has less problems than GFC did. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.


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