Casey ∙ 45 weeks ago
Google only disabled it for non-Google sites, so yes it's still active and there are no announcement of it's demise. Good idea to start using Google+, though it's not quite the same thing.
I have added NetworkedBlogs widgets to all my blogs. They've improved their site immensely. It's a combo for bloggers and blog readers and I think it will replace my GFC when I get enough followers there (please follow my NB! :) ).