Thursday, April 9, 2009

Following Sucks!

I have decided I do not like the "follow" feature of Blogger.

If you are following me, you may want to add me to a feed reader (if you would still like to read my blog, of course), because I think I am going to delete the following gadget on my blog....unless Blogger gets on the following issues (no pun intended).

First, I somehow keep following myself. When I see that I have new followers I click on the picture to see who they are and so I can read their blog too, and the next thing I know it says I am following "Always a Northerner". Hello Google Friend Connect or whatever you are, I AM Always a Northerner, why would I want to follow myself!?

After clicking around for a while I am usually able to stop following, but it is a tedious process because well, it is ME, and the program doesn't understand what I am trying to do. I also can't remember how to un-follow myself, so now I am trying to click around again and it's not working. Ugh!

Another problem I have found with following blogs....posts often end up in my reader twice. Once for the subscription I initially added into Google Reader and then once for following. I have tried deleting the original subscription, but that doesnt' seem to work, because certain blogs are still showing up twice.

Anyone else having these problems? Any solutions?

ETA: I received some great tips on following, so hopefully I can work out the kinks and keep the gadget. If not though, people will still be able to follow me, I just won't be following you. I will, however, add you to my reader, so don't worry, I will still keep up with all your blogs!

14 comments:

  1. That stinks. I can't figure out Google Reader, so I won't be able to read you anymore.

    :(

    -E

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  2. Yeah, I have some issues too. Sometimes my followers number will increase but then I can't find any new icons. Yours sound pretty bad though.

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  3. I haven't had those issues...but I don't really have a lot of followers either! :) I hope things are fixed b/c I love reading your updates!

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  4. I keep the blogs I follow on blogger completely separate from my google reader. Instead of "importing from blogger" to add the feeds into Reader, I input them manually with the "add a subscription" tab. It's a bit of a hassle, but much less than dealing with the multiple subscription ordeal!

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  5. Lately I add blogs - like, including yours, to my google reader instead of following for basically the similar reasons. Not to mention some new posts are shown pretty late..

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  6. Seriously? People made me add that following thing, and it doesn't even work well?

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  7. Hmmm...I just use Google Reader so I haven't had the "following" problem.

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  8. I agree... they need to work on it. I found that the only way to keep it from duplicating was to go to blogspot and select the follow feature and then select the button to add them from my google reader... then it followed everyone in my reader and left only one list in my reader. If I want to add someone, I add them to reader and THEN go add them to follow, pulling them from the reader list again. It was the only way to keep it from doing duplicates.

    But I have no clue on the following yourself thing... that's never happened to me.

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  9. I have the same problem with the feeds showing up twice in reader! I've tried several times to delete one, but it doesn't work! Now that I've figured out that if I follow someone, I don't have to add them, but then you have to manually add the people who don't have the following thing! ugh!

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  10. what bothers me about following, is sometimes when I click the follow button on someones blog, it says "follow as lexiloo" but other times, it shows my full name! I don't know why this is or how to change it from my name on some, to lexiloo on all!

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  11. Hmm, I haven't had those issues--I think we can still follow you through blogger even without the "follow" tool. For those who don't have it, I just add their URL into my "follow" list if that makes sense

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  12. I know this is completely unrelated...but I absolutely LOVE the wedding picture of you and your hubs on the left. You guys are adorable!!!

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  13. That is pretty awesome and super annoying. I haven't had any problems with following, but I DO like your blog and have it in my bookmarks so if you disappear from my sidebar I know where to find you!

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