I must say I am very annoyed with Blogger for adding this networking function to the Followers widget in the sidebar. It seems to have added something like 3.5 centimetres to the height of the box that contains the 'heads', and in doing so has made it messy looking and wasteful of space. What is more, the new top and bottom bars contain two links in each, and 3 of the 4 all take you to the same place. Very bad design in my view. No, I must correct myself, there are 5 links in the two bars altogether, 3 of them going to the same place. I reckon they could have got the 3 all in one bar.
And anyway, surely they could have made Google Friend Connect a different widget to be added at will? I am not going to invite my Followers to join Friend Connect as well, as it seems like it's trying to be something like Facebook, and that is something I don't do, and won't urge my friends to do either. It's nice having your faces there in the sidebar, but I'm not sure if I shall keep them there. We'll see.