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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Following NIghtmare - Let's Discuss the Linky Follow

                                                                       
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I have every possible way for someone to follow me on my sidebar and I see that most of you do the same.  Now I am beginning to think this is all a little ridiculous.  Google Friends Connect is suppossed to still work for those that use Blogger for your blog.  If you use wordpress, net or com then apparently they are going to drop you off come March 1.  There are several options and I would like to review some of those.

1.  I still prefer Google Friend Connect if it will work.

2. My second choice would be Networked Blogs.  It works for everyone no matter what format you use for your blog.  Yes you do have to sign up with FB, but no you don't have to have your blog posts go to your FB page if you don't want them to.  The biggest advantage is that you follow just like you do with Google Friend Connect.  Just click to follow and there you go, you are all set and all your posts show up in Dashboard.

3.  Third would be to follow in a reader.  It is really simple, just use your email and it comes to you that way.

4.  Now we have the Linky Follow.  I love Brent and he is just a doll, so nothing to do with him personally.  He has a free site and so he had to make a few concessions.  There is no way we could possibly expect him to pay for the bandwith and all the expense it would take to make it totally automatic.  What I mean by that is every time we have a new post we have to go to the Linky site and add that post or else you will not see it if that is the way you are following. Now that is not a big deal, but it is one that I think most of us will find just one more step that seems ridiculous.  Plus in order to see your post if that is the only way I am following you, I have to sign in to Linky and then see the posts from there.  They don't come to my dashboard like the others do on my blog.  That is a little disturbing, and I am sure that I will miss a ton that I love to follow.

So, I would love for you all to follow me whatever way you wish, however if at all possible I would love to follow you through Google Friend Connect or through Networked Blogs.  Those come straight to my dashboard and are so easy to follow and not miss anything.  I love to read your posts and I really don't want to have to go to several different sites to make sure I didn't miss anything.

I hope you will follow me through GFC or Networked blogs also, so you don't loose touch with me.


54 comments:

  1. Very good points Marty. It cleared some questions up that I had. I have blogger, so at this point, I shouldn't have any problems, but it's good to stay up on these things!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  2. I can't keep track of all of this! I'm just sticking with the follower button and rss and email susbscription. It's about all I can handle ;)

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  3. This is all a bit confusing to me, I must admit. I would be dashed if my dashboard went away.

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  4. It is all so confusing, isn't it? I am sticking with Blogger Google as long as I can. It is where I started and I would like to stay with it. I have heard there are a lot of downsides to Linky. God bless him for trying but I think it is not going to work for a lot of people. xo Diana

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  5. You make some good points Marty. I'm just worried that Google is going to pull GFC so that people are forced to used Google + for everything. Only about 50% of my followers are through GFC right now and I'm seriously considering switching to WordPress so I have decided to try and phase GFC out. Haven't made my mind up completely though. Either way, I'd hate to lose you as a follower! It is completely ridiculous..I'll give you that. Have a relaxing Sunday!!

    Shari

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  6. I don't understand. I am blogpot.com, but I won't see anyone that I follow that is not?

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    1. If the only way you follow someone is from Linky and that is the only way they follow you, then no, you will not see their posts on your dashboard, you will have to go to Linky to see their post. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Fantastic review of this Marty! I was waiting for someone who has more experience with these following tools than I have to speak up. Thanks for this information, it was just the info I needed to hear!
    Sherry

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  8. Good points - I have wordpress and I use google reader (RSS) as my main reader. I noticed that on wordpress, Linky Followers doesn't display the thumbnails of the followers, because there's no java support (I suppose). So while Linky on Blogger displays everyone's faces, on my page, there is just a Linky widget, no faces. Kind of annoying. I haven't bothered to update Linky with my new posts either. I still think the RSS reader is the simplest way, but of course no one knows that I follow them (I follow soooo many blogs!)

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  10. I am blogspot.com......is this what might change? Im also Google, I don't understand the rest, I'm very slow on this matters. Thank you Marty, I will ask daughter who helps. Happy Sunday.
    FABBY

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  11. I'm still going to keep both on my sidebar, I imagine google will get rid of it down the road. I honestly like the Linky Follow, I know I follow alot of blogs and I don't want my email so full of them and FB I just don't care for at all even though I do have an account, so I'll keep using the Linky Follow for now. Thanks for explaning you have helped me by laying it all out for me to read:)

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    1. Melissa, Read my post here to see what Linky Followers is. It is an alternative to non-Blogger users who currently use GFC. GFC will not work with non-Blogger blogs as of March 1. Many people do use the RSS feeds and readers to read their favorite, followed blogs. This is simply another alternative. Followed blogs within Linky Followers are not automatically updated- people who belong to LF have to update their status withing Linky Followers whenever they have a new post. That isn't a big issue for me, personally. I have found many new blogs to follow through this new system. While it is not as efficient in the updating dept. as Google Reader is because it can't access feeds, I still think it is a good alternative to GFC for non-Goggle bloggers AND Blogger blogs. Who know if and when GFC will go away? Google+ seems to be the path Google is leading us....

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  13. Thank you Marty for explaining all of this. It has been all so confusing. I need to sign up for Networked Blog. Have a wonderful day, Gail

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  14. Thanks Marty, it's too bad Google Connect is ending for some. There are many blogs I like to read that aren't blogspot. Most people don't like change and don't react well to it. I have added #1, 2, and 3 to my site but don't plan on adding Linky. We will all see how to goes and hopefully all will be worked out and run smoothly by summer.

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  15. I'm still with you on Google Friends connect. I also signed up for network blogs but I dont go to FB unless its an emergency. I really have serious concerns about that site and what they think they have the right to- like personal infor and following my every internet move. Not that I go anywhere much but still- my privacy feels extremely diminished and that bothers me a lot. Just not sure what to do right now...
    If ya dont see me for weeks- email me lol.

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  16. You are my hero. When I saw some of the blogs advertising for the new Linky way to follow, I was disappointed. It is just going to confuse everyone and everything. I have never been a fan of the GFC in that it just seems to be a sixth grade contest in who can have a higher "follower" number and really has no correlation to who actually on a daily or weekly basis follow you in a true sense. And I've often thought about taking the box off my sidebar and just having a button someone can hit if they want to follow that way. I mainly actually follow blogs by checking them out on my sidebar or follow them through my reader (Google Reader). We don't need yet another way to follow or be followed!

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  17. I have to say that I'm still confused. I really need to check to see how I have mine set up. I just did whatever was suggested back in 2009 and I haven't made any changes. Eeek...I just don't want to lose the people I have come to enjoy so much!

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  18. I guess I will stick with GFC - sure hope they don't do away with it. I started blogging as an enjoyable thing to do, now they are making so many changes that in my opinion are not being thought out very well and the kinks are not ironed out before implementing them. I wanted to give mine a new look, add to the sideboard, etc., but because there are so many problems and changes, I think I will wait.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

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  19. Marty - I did not realize that about Linky Followers. Its great that Brent went thru all the time and efforts to set it up, so maybe he can tweak things a bit in the future. Why oh why couldn't Google just leave well enough alone. A multi-gazillion company can't allow a simple software program to continue running for everyone who has faithfully used and supported it? I need to check out Google +, its just "one more thing" to learn and add. *whine* :) Hope you're having a great Sunday. Hugs, Barb

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  20. Marty, to be honest I have not been concerned about this,mostly because the main blogs I read I have sent to email. I use my dashboard for the other blogs that I follow. I agree somewhat with Pam and have thought of removing the numbers from my sidebar but did not know how to do that without removing images of followers.It is fun to see their faces, but I don't want to be a number driven blog and I think seeing the number draws one into that dynamic. I have a nice following of readers that get my blog through feedburner. I think those are the readers that are really faithful,because they don't want to miss a post, that is why they have it sent via email. I am just going to ride the wave and see how it goes!!

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  21. I'm still confused. but this is nothing new :)
    Marcy

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  22. It is really all sort of dreadful. I am not a fan of Facebook and did not like being linked to it via that connection of Networked Blogs. Call me crazy I don't mind.

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  23. Marty, I agree that the linky following has too many steps. I have added Networked blog so it will go to my facebook page. I don't think I will add anything else. I hope blogger keeps GFC. There are rumors it may eventually drop it, but it is just that, rumors.

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  24. I almost never look at the blogs, themselves. I use Google Reader.

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  25. Thanks Marty for all the info. Guess I better call my daughter to come make sure I have
    everything I need.

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  26. Thanks for the infor Marty, I have never heard of Networked Blogs and still am only using GFC. My bigest worry is losing those friends I follow that are under a different format (not blogger) once the changes happen, I have loved having those I follow on my sidebar.... guess I'll have to find an alternative. Your infor will help with those choices! God Bless... Dee Dee

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  27. I TOTALLY agree! Ihave been caught up in a whirlwind of follower tools this last week that I almost forget why I'm blogging in the first place.

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  28. I still don't understand why they have to go and change things. I'm sure I will lose many followers when they make the change. I do not do facebook, so that is out. I may add rss feed to my blogs.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  29. I totally agree. It's really beginning to be too much trouble to blog. I love it, but I don't always have the time to spare, so I have to opt out on a lot of things I'd love to do as it is.

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  30. Amen! I have been so confused about all of this. Finally got the NWB up, thank to you. I read about the Linky thing and tried half a day yesterday to get it set up. I've forgotten my password and kept go to that party and it was supposed to come in my email, it didn't. I looked in my spam folder - not there! I finally just gave up on it and after reading all of the steps, I'm glad it didn't work. Hopefully all of this will pan out - it usually does.
    Thank you for all you info.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. Whew, you hit the nail on the head Marty, it's all getting to be too much! I have blogger so I guess I don't have to worry, I have added Linky because, well, frankly I don't know why hahaha. I guess because I was worried I would miss some posts but I guess that is not a worry since GFC will still work. I have a bookmark where I keep all my blogs that I follow regularly so if all else fails, I just go through them to see if there's anything I missed.

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  32. Thanks for your simple explanations, Marty! My favorite way to follow is through RSS feed, which I then read on my reader. Love it! I think I'll wait a few days and see how everything pans out.

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  33. Cheers to you Marty! I have many options as well. I am not intending to add another one at this time. I believe our friends and readers are going to find us regardless of the way to get there. Love connecting via google friend and network blogs, that has worked well for me. Have a great day!

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  34. My blog is on Blogger, like yours, Marty, and I'm not changing anything. I have an email option on my sidebar and if I get any emails from people asking me about how they can follow me, I'll figure it out then. It seems like it's becoming a stressful pain and if it doesn't affect you, I don't see why you'd have to add other options for followers.

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  35. I don't know how they think!!!
    Hi I'm back. I deleted my blog by mistake hmmm but now I have a new one.

    Hugs
    Elna

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  36. I haven't decided what to do yet, so I'm glad you laid out the options, Marty. Thanks!

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  37. Call me stupid, but after signing up with Brent (and nothing personal whatsoever!) I found it all to be too difficult and time consuming! I did not even get around to putting the follow linky on my sidebar. I hope GFC doesn't drop us bloggers, but if it does, I will decide what to do then. For now, I am keeping everything as is, and will depend on you more intelligent ones to keep us posted on everything. Thanks, Marty, for doing this post.

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  38. Unfortunately I will no longer have the GFC follow available on my blog ( I am so sad about it). I am frustrated and hop that everyone will just follow me through email. xo Hugs and smooches

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  39. Oh, Marty, I agree with you. Why are they confusing me so much?! I just wish things would stay the same. Argh! I don't like complicated change! Linda

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  40. Well said, Marty. I'm hopeful that the list on my sidebar will continue to load as my favorites post. ~ Sarah

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  41. My blog is on Wordpress.com, hoping to self host in the near future. With everything else, you can always count on change. I have Google reader and email options now. Hanging back a bit to see what is best down the road.

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  42. I am sticking with google, not adding another thing for followers , so confusing already.
    I feel badly for those on wordpress etc. I wonder if they could just switch to blogger. I knowmany of them switched because they had probs with blogger though.
    Maybe if we all ask them to keep it they will.
    I don't like having to sign up, do yet another password for the linky thing.

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  43. Well said Marty. I am open to new ideas and ways of following even tho' I am on blogger and am not supposed to lose GFC. But, I doubt I will check Linky daily to see what my friends posted. A lot of work went in to making this available to us, and it is unfortunate that it may not be the answer after all. I am thankful that Brent was willing to give us his time. I hope it will not have been in vain.
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  44. Thanks for a great article. Since I am self hosted WordPress I opened a blogger account to follow and comment on post that did not have name/url comment allowed. Got tired of not being able to comment. So I'm hoping then, that GFC will stay on my blog, since technically I have a blogger account? I hope this isn't wishful thinking, anyone know. I put Networked blog on my site but have any had 2 sign up. I have been so overwhelmed with GFC and now Picnik ending. I hate google, OK, hates a strong work, so I really dislike them! I also think eventually Google will get rid of GFC all together!

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  45. Well, I use Wordpress. It really doesn't matter to me what the Blogger people use. I have made a heading under bookmarks for me that I call "Blogs." I just bookmark all the blogs I follow and then just go through them every day or so. That way I can choose when to check on them. It's just easier for me that way. I'll keep following your blog that way no matter what you choose.

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  46. I like what you're doing now Marty because its working for me and its easy. Thanks,

    Nann

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  47. It's kinda a follow nighmare isn't it?

    then factor in facebook and twitter and linked in!!

    geeshhhhhh

    xoxo

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  48. Marty,
    I kind of like Linky Followers - limitations and all. I can group blogs into favorites. Of course, I am following you on GFC and now Linky too!
    Kelly

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  49. Wish Google would say for sure that GFC will stay for Google bloggers...have they said it for sure?
    That would be great and then our friends on wordpress, etc. could follow through linky or other network options.
    Too confusing!!! Thanks Marty! :)

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  50. Oh Marty, I am embarrassed to say I don't even know what GFC is! I don't use facebook or tweet..so sorry to say I am lost as to what is going on. I did try and use the new format they have but it was a pain to me and went back. I do hope we don't lose some of our followers..

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  51. You are so right, this is ridiculous! I added the linky to my blog simply because I signed up to it so I could use it to follow another blog that is on wordpress and not on blogger. I wasn't even going to add the gadget to mine at first but only use it to check in on those other blogs that might fall off of GFC if that comes to be. But decided to go ahead and add it anyway to remind me and just in case there are others who might prefer to follow this way in the future. So far, I am okay with it, even though it is an extra step to take, or site to visit if you will. The updated posts issue doesn't really bother me as I rarely have the time to keep up with that anymore as I tend to just go directly to blogs I want to visit now when I have time. I don't do Networked blogs as I tried to add that once before and was not thrilled with it's set up or about the connection it has with FB or something. I agree with the others that FB has way too much info out there and they are constantly changing and adding new things to their platforms that require you to adjust your security settings. I think I had trouble getting NB on my gadget side bar or something too. Too confusing for me! I do use the google reader at times but just personally do not don't care for the way it is set up. Different strokes for different folks right? And the last thing I want is more emails in my inbox. LOL! So, I think having two options on my sidebar is enough for my small blog. I really do feel for those who are not on blogger though as I think this is going to really be the worst for them. Also I can see how it is also going to be a bit of trouble for you bigger bloggers who have more people to keep up with. Thanks for taking the time to clear things up more for everyone but I do wish that Google would just leave well enough alone.

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