Why can I not Follow my favourite blog, without using a Google account?and
Why must I upgrade my computer, to be able to use Chrome?Some blog owners and readers take the support policy limits personally, as if Blogger / Google is punishing them - or their readers - for not using the right account to login, or not upgrading their software.
Every different account host - and every different browser or operating system - requires more unique code, that must be provided by Blogger / Google, in their libraries.
Blogger / Google are trying to make their products efficient and stable.
Blogger / Google is trying to make their applications and browser more stable. More stable products yield happier users, and more users.
Complex code libraries, caused by the need to support every different non Google account (previously supported by Blogger), and every different operating system of every age, cause Chrome and Followers to be slow and unstable. Slow and unstable applications and browsers yield unhappy users, and less users.
More complex code libraries require Blogger / Google to spend more time updating their code, for every change made outside Google.
Which choice makes more sense?
- Less complex applications and browsers, less time spent maintaining less complex code libraries, more customers, more satisfied customers.
- More complex applications and browsers, more time spent maintaining more complex code libraries, less customers, less satisfied customers.
My money says Door #1 makes the most sense, from a business viewpoint.
Efficient and stable applications require effort by users, as well as coders.
Blogger / Google simply can't support every different non Google account in their applications, and every different browser and operating system, and maintain a business. People who want to use Blogger and Google have to make some effort, and help Blogger and Google to help them.
Blogger cannot support non Google accounts, and provide an efficient and stable Followers gadget.
If you try to update Chrome - and you see advice
Sorry, you can't update Chrome, using this operating system.
or if you (or your readers) try to Follow your blog, and see
We're sorry, the site owner has blocked you from joining this site.
Neither refusal is Blogger / Google being petty, and forcing you (or your readers) from having unlimited choice, capriciously. This simply represents Blogger / Google making a tough choice, and trying to provide efficient and stable products, for their customers who are willing to make some effort.
Some blog owners do not understand the need for #Blogger and #Google to support use of a limited range of non Blogger / Google products, in their various features. Support policy for products like the new Followers gadget, which now supports only Google accounts for Following - and Chrome, which supports only newer versions of Windows operating system - are not understood.