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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Google+ Posting Privacy - How it works!

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Here I was, today, having breakfast, enjoying a cuppa, when my friend called.

"Hey Bob - I've added you to my 'Circles', but, I see that you haven't written anything!"
Me - "Hi Dave - I have written lots of things on my G+, but I didn't include YOU! That's why you can't see anything!"

That started me thinking that, as much as I didn't want to get into writing posts on Google+ (I like to stick to Blogger issues), I needed to. The reason is because Dave wasn't the only one I've seen with the mis-conception of what Google+ is about - and, how it works!

Look at this statement from a plusser, on a Google+ discussions group -

"I agree. It is just irritating that people can add you to their circles without permission. My block circle is going to get really big once this goes fully public. An option to require authorization would be great."

WRONG !!!!!

Let me put this issue straight. All the people in the world, can add you to their circles - no problem. They don't need your permission to do that. If you don't add those people to YOUR circles, they can't see anything other than your Profile!

eg: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has, at last viewing, over 400,000 people who have (fruitlessly, so far) added Mark to their circles. Why fruitlessly? Well, because Mark Zuckerberg will NEVER add them all to his circles, and unless Mark posts something, with a 'Public' Share, they will NEVER see anything from him!

Google+ is NOT the same as TWITTER.

You can Follow anyone on Twitter, and get feeds from them. You can't do that on Google+ !

Let me give you another example. I have lots of circles. The following image is an example of what I mean ...

Say, for instance, I write a post on Fishing conditions, my Gym Club circle would not be interested in that because they are all beautiful women (ha ha) who do NOT go Fishing - only my Fishing Club friends would be, so I 'LIMIT' the circulation by 'SHARING' that post ONLY with that 'FISHING CLUB' circle. No-one else can see it!

Posts on Google+ are 'PUBLIC', by default. YOU have to change that, when you post. It's the same when someone else posts, too. Unless YOU are in the circle(s) they post to, you won't see their post! So, it doesn't matter if all the people in the world add you to their circles, if you don't add them, they will NOT see your 'SHARED' posts if you 'LIMIT' the circulation. Therefore, why would they need your permission to add you to their circles?


I don't want the 'PUBLIC' to see this silly post, so I will send it ONLY to my 'FRIENDS' and 'FAMILY' circles. No-one else will be able to see it - ever! The reason? Simple. I have dismissed the 'PUBLIC' share, and replaced it with the circles I want.

The same goes for people my friend, Dave, has in his circles. Mary, Fairy, Bill, Dill, and Donk! If I am in his 'FRIENDS' circle, and Dave posts something which is 'LIMITED' to 'FRIENDS', then we will all see it - however, if Mary, from the dairy, posts something, unless I am in HER circle, I will NEVER see it!


Thursday, 28 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Comments 2

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

In addition to the post I did previously on the New GUI Comments, I wanted to show the different screens for this feature.

The Comments screen can be accessed from the Overview screen, as follows...

The Comments screen - Published, Awaiting Moderation, or Spam, is then clicked on...

Published Comments - shows only those Comments that have been approved for Publication by the blog owner - if Moderation has been selected in Settings.

Published Comments can have the Content Removed, or can be Deleted, or can be listed as SPAM.

eg: Content Removal ... removes the content, but leaves notice that someone did, in fact, leave a message. Deleting the message, does.

Comments - Awaiting Moderation - You select whether, or not, to Publish the Comment, Delete it, or mark it as SPAM.

Marking a Comment as SPAM, can be undone, if you make a mistake...

In comparison to Comments in Production Blogger, there is not much difference in how things work - just a convoluted way of finding them!


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Blogger Help Forum TC ... to Aisle 4

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia
I know it is a sign of the times, and these companies must have their reasons, but WiFi access at Supermarkets? Really!
It's great to know that in the face of increased competition for your dollar, in the Internet Access market, the United Kingdom's Tesco chain, is considering providing this facility for (they hope) customers.

I have a wicked sense of humour, and have been chuckling to myself about geeks squatting in the aisles, or resident Blogger TCs on hand to answer Blogging questions - kind of like the in-store Help Desk, but in reality, Tesco's boss intimates that a tight control will be taken in monitoring usage patterns.

I have to say congratulations to Tesco for their gumption (that's also in Cleaning products - aisle 7).

It's only going to be in the U.K. at first, but there's a lot of stores around the world. Big market for Tesco, if it works.

Time will tell.


The Google+ Phenomenon

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

So far, I am impressed with Google+, and use it often. I've invited some of my friends, and associates to join, and I've started following some people who should know a lot more than me about it, like specific Google personnel. I still get confused as to what I post to my 'Stream', though. I am always asking myself, "... am I confusing Twitters, with Pluses?"

I don't (won't) use Facebook, so it's either Twitter, or G+ for me, and on the face of it, they can be confusing in one way - that of 'Stream'. I'm working on which suits me best, and what I am going to get out of either. That's one of the best things about choice. I have been so busy over the last week, reading reports and posts by the 'techie-type' pundits, like Pete Cashmore, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and others.

It seems nearly everyone has gone G+ crazy. In fact, over 20 millions of people are now Circling the wagons, so to speak - Circles being specific terminology of G+. Take the Tour, and see!

The growth, as mentioned above, has been absolutely phenomenal, as also borne-out in this graph-image:

Once you join, you'll see various features which set G+ aside from other platforms of the Social Network ilk. A couple of features that I like are the ability to isolate posts to be read only by certain circles, and the picture uploading and management of albums. Be surprised - have a look. Of course, there's also the blending of Search and Social !

I don't intend, at this stage, writing much on Google+, because I am interested in Blogger. There's enough topics there to keep an old reprobate like me, busy, however, I urge you to make your own decisions about Google+, but, please, don't think it's another Facebook, because, IMHO, it is far from being that!


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Google kills Toolbar for Firefox 5

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Are there big Browser changes going on? I've, apparently, missed most of the news, however, Pocket-lint, the self-professed "...leading independent consumer tech and gadgets site in the UK covering all the latest tech news, reviews, features and much more... " seems to be on par with what's going on - especially at Google - and recently reported:

Google kills Toolbar for Firefox 5

Further down the report is a very interesting paragraph -

"For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browser. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions."

Perhaps this is another reason why I wonder about the rapid releases of Firefox Versions. It only seems like yesterday, that I was happy with V3.16.1, then, before I knew it V4 was out, then recently, V5. Go figure?

I'm not 100% happy with Chrome, but I figured I may be better-off with it in light of the fact that it's Google, Blogger is Google (now), and my email is Google, and everything else I use, apart from my computer and OS, is Google - oh, I do have a Colgate toothbrush! haha.

Interesting times!

see: Google Toolbar Help


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wow! What is Happening at Google?

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

I don't know about your personal situation, but I am reasonably well-stuck on Google - and have been for years! Yes, I have Hotmail accounts, and Yahoo accounts and 200 other email possibilities at my finger tips, via my Personal Domain, but I chose Google (Gmail) for my primary email addresses, maybe around late 1990s? Can't remember, exactly, but it's been a long time. I have also had a few accounts - closed some (stupid, I know), but I have continued with Google for many different reasons.

Perhaps, now, I see why. The last few months has been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride with Google, in the light of their acquisition of Blogger. I'm sure a lot of the changes have been the result of that, too - and I'm just starting to appreciate the big picture. Maybe, I'm not as quick as some of the younger geeky-types, and techie-types, but I eventually arrive, in some manner or form - kinda like Aesop's tortoise.

As I am not across all Google products, I'll probably miss, or duplicate, a couple of projects here, but here's a few of what we have seen so far ...

The more I look at Google+, the more I am impressed, too. It offers so much more than my previous experience with Facebook.

I can also feed my blog posts to my Twitter account via Feedburner. So easy... Feedburner, Publicise, Socialise - (If I had a Twitter account, that is!)

The more I look at my Google homepage, the more I like the new black Links toolbar, which is affording me access to many of Google screens, that I had to go looking for, previously. I can access what I want at the click of the mouse. It's great!

I would go so far as to presume that the Navbar on Blogger, may well accommodate some changes, too, in the future. Why not?

It's exciting for me. Hope it is for you!


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Permissions Problem in the New GUI

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

One feature on the Settings - Basic screen of the New GUI, which is already creating some concern, is the inability to change the Status of a Blog Member, from Admin back to Author.

I've tested this numerous times, in various Browsers, and come against a brick wall - every time.

At present, though, there is an out! You don't have to use the New GUI - you can use the existing Production Blogger, and I guess, you'll be able to do that for a long time, yet!

It would be nice, too, to hear some Feedback from the Feedback we send Blogger!


Monday, 18 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - An Overview - Pt. 2

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

This post is a follow-up to the first part of my overview of the New GUI, available in Blogger in Draft.

One of the major changes to what you will be used to, is the fact that when you use the New GUI, the screen which seems to open, almost as a default screen, presents a Blog List of all your Primary Blogs - as did the old Dashboard, in Production Blogger. However, you'll also see a little 'House', or 'Home' icon. This takes you to a Dashboard for each and every blog in your primary list! That's going to be confusing, too!

There has been many reports of confusion concerning the Post Editor of the New GUI, and I understand why. One aspect of the New GUI is that unless you know for sure, it is difficult to say whether you are in Compose Mode, or html Mode - and as Nitecruzr observed,

"...With the New GUI, you have a pair of "buttons" - "Compose" and "HTML". You hit one button or the other, to change mode. Unfortunately, neither button indicates which mode is currently active..."

You can determine which Editor you are in by the amount of options on the Toolbar - more for Compose Mode than for html Mode, but I must agree, that it would be far friendlier to have the Tab change colour when active, however, that's not the only thing I don't like about the Editors, that I have observed, so far.

I like the ability to extend the Post Box - click and drag, which is available in the html Editor. I don't like that it's not available in the Compose Mode! Unless you know that tabbing-down with the < ENTER > key, you'd think that the box is very small. It was only by accident that I discovered this feature, and I had to ask - why?

One thing I did worry about, was the difference in viewing some features, when using various Browsers. For instance, I was using Chrome Browser when testing the Delete/Restore functionality. I noticed that some buttons - namely, the New Post and Delete buttons were not populated, as you would expect. They were empty boxes. In Firefox V4, they were. This shows up in the post mentioned.

I must also mention the Scroll-bar. Talk about hard to see! What a chintzy, little, non-descript, after-thought. Don't tell me Blogger Engineers couldn't find more space for it, than that!

The Permissions feature, on the Settings - Basic screen, leaves me a little cold, too. Adding a Blog Author is as easy as, and changing the Status from Author to Admin is as easy as, but try doing it in reverse! Admin to Author - nope! Can't do!

Another screen, the Template, is basically the top part of the New Template Designer screen - all the possible, available, templates for your blog. However, at the bottom of this screen are the very important options of Template Back-up, Edit Template, and Revert to Classic Templates. I like this screen, yet I wonder why those important features are squeezed in at the bottom.

The Layout screen (goes straight to what we originally called Layout, then later, Design screen) is basically the Design screen - however - the name has been changed - again... talk about confusing. Blogger has added the Favicon option, which is great - and well overdue. It works like a charm, too!
The only thing I don't like about this screen is the 'Save Arrangement' button. What was wrong with just 'Save'?

Stats, are great, and easy to access. One thing I discovered was the sneaky links from the Blog List screen - just under the blog title. There's a blue graph-like squiggly line, and a blue Posts count. The squiggly line takes you to the Stats screen, while the blue posts count link takes you to what we know as the Edit Posts screen.

The Edit Posts screen is now hard to find, unless you discover it by moving your mouse around the Dashboard, and seeing a pop-up when you hover over the right icon, which is like two books. It appears to me, to be now called Manage Posts. There are a lot of changes to the functioanlity of this screen. There are mouse-over pop-ups, secret options, and different ways to do things.

You know what I hate? I hate it when you always use the html Editor, and go to Edit a post which gets opened, by Default, in Compose Mode. That's what I hate!

The option to 'Save' only saves to Draft. Then, the Publish button is needed. The 'Auto-save' function appears to have been disabled - thank goodness!

The Pages function is fairly straight-forward, too. Although I don't use this feature, I think I covered it all in that post.

One feature I was not impressed with, so far, was the Locator (Geotagging). I couldn't get it to work.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Transliteration - Post Editor Alternatives

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

The Blogger feature known as Transliteration, has been disabled by the Blogger Engineers, ostensibly 'until we work out a few issues' on it.

One alternative, is to use the New GUI, available via Blogger in Draft. You'll need to post via the Compose Mode Editor. I have written a guide in this previous post.

To use it, you highlight the text you want translated, and then copy and paste it into the Post Editor... eg:それを使用するには、コピーしてポストエディタ...などに貼り付けてその後で、リンクされた後に上記のように、翻訳したいテキストを強調表示し、:

Then, I have translated that Japanese, to Greek -

Για να το χρησιμοποιήσετε, το πρόγραμμα επεξεργασίας μετά και στη συνέχεια να αντιγράψετε και να επικολλήσετε ... κλπ., όπως περιγράφεται παραπάνω, μετά τη σύνδεση, επισημάνετε το κείμενο που θέλετε μετάφραση:

This may be of assistance to bloggers who routinely use the Transliteration function. For those who prefer something else, there is also the Google Language Tools, which operates on a similar principle of copy/paste, however, sometimes Formatting errors can occur when pasting, so you should be aware of this, and take measures to eliminate these during editing. Still, it is a viable alternative to having nothing.

*Note: Translations vary from language to language and back again, so check them.


The New GUI - Blogger in Draft - An Overview - Pt.1.

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

I've started investigating the New Graphic User Interface (GUI) which was released in Beta, in Blogger in Draft, and have found more about it that I like, than I thought I would. It is very simple to learn, yet intricate in ways, secretive in ways, and novel in other ways. Then, there are the new differences in how screens work, or are presented, and what's there, and not there.

I hope this overview helps you get used to it. There's no need to panic, and, as Nitecruzr says, you are under no obligation to start using it straight away, however, now would be a good time to start learning your way around it. The New GUI will replace what we call Production Blogger, in the near, or not so near, future.

I've just finished around 20-odd posts on various aspects of the GUI, and still have some more to go. I started out with the Dashboard, and then moved on to the Settings screens, which have always been so very important (in my opinion), and which most bloggers only tend to look at when they have a problem. So, let's start there, too.

The New GUI Dashboard is very well set out. It is basically divided into two sections -

  • Blog List,
  • Reading List, for the Blogs that you Follow.

There's nothing new in that, however, the screen collapses when the Reading List title is clicked on, to make it more compact, and display it, rather than having to scroll down. I like that very much. What I don't like - at all - is the chintzy, scrawny, little scroll-bar, which looks like a blot on my screen.

There are new buttons which display pop-up screens for -

  • Viewing your Profile,
  • Signing - out,
  • Account Settings.

A new Gear Wheel icon is placed on the top right of the screen, for various options, depending on the screen. This icon allows you to give Feedback, or to see Blogger Help.

Other new buttons are for -

  • Blog Language (59 Languages)
  • Make Blogger in Draft your default
  • New Blog
  • New Post (Pencil icon)
  • Dashboard (Home icon)
  • Settings (a small Down Arrow)
  • View Blog button

One new feature is the Tab called Primary Blogs, with a blog count. This also is discussed in later posts.

The Listed Blogs can be accessed by clicking on the Title, as well as by clicking View Blog. One thing I like here is that under the blog title are two links - one to the Stats screen (click the blue graph, or pageviews), and one to the Edit Posts screen (click the post number).

The 5 Settings screens are vastly different to what you are used to. Their names are:

These Settings are accessible from the small arrow icon immediately to the right of the Dashboard (Home) icon. It is a drop-down menu.

The final part of the Dashboard screen is the Reading List. I think the new design affords a better reading area. The reading list has lots of good features, as does the existing version. The 'Hide/Show' function is slightly different, but inline with other 'Hide/Show' functions on other screens of this version. Viewing in Google Reader is just a click away, as is Adding a Blog to Follow, by URL, or from your Google Reader.

What you won't find on the Reading List, is a blue Manage button. That function for Managing the Blogs you Follow, is incorporated into the Reading List Gear Wheel, on the right-hand side.

Although I don't like the 'faded', 'washed-out' colours of the New GUI, I think it's OK. I'm sure there will be changes made before it goes into production, though.

More to come.


Friday, 15 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Delete / Restore a Blog

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Many bloggers visit the Blogger Help Forum to ask a very simple question - "How do I delete a blog?" Just as many bloggers visit the Blogger Help Forum to ask another very simple question - "How do I restore a blog?"

These two very simple questions can be answered with a little knowledge of Settings. The New GUI, in Blogger in Draft, is no different. If you spend some time getting to know the Settings screens, a lot of your questions will be answered - still, having said that, there are functions which do NOT present themselves readily. One of them is the Restore a Deleted blog function. I will cover that further down. Firstly, though, we need to Delete a blog.

As most bloggers know, a blog is deleted from the Settings - Basic screen, in the Production Blogger. In the New GUI, it is deleted from an option on the Settings - Other screen...

You click on the Delete button, and a pop-up screen appears. On this pop-up, you are given some information, and choices. Some of that information is; "Deleted blogs can be restored within 90 days, before they are removed forever...".

The choices are -

Now is where you'll see something new - Tabs - which appear to the left of the blog list. Similar to the 'Show and Hide' function, mentioned in my previous post, the Tabs are called Primary Blogs, and Deleted Blogs. You'll see the Deleted Blogs has a count of (1). You won't have to search for, or click on 'Show All', anymore.

The Restore a blog function, is just as simple. You click on the Deleted Blogs Tab, and a pop-up screen appears listing the Deleted blog. There is a button called 'Undelete'. Click it.

Once you have clicked the 'Undelete' button, the blog will be restored, and a small button appears, giving you the choices of 'Start Posting', or 'Dismiss'. You can click 'Start Posting' and the Post Editor opens. Click 'Dismiss' to remove that button...

A couple of things to watch for, when a blog is Restored, are:

1) it is restored to the top of your Primary Blog list and remains there until you navigate away from that screen - then it goes to the bottom of your Blog List!
2) The Deleted Blog Tab shows a blog count of (0), the Primary Blog List count goes up by (1) - until you navigate away from the screen, then the two Tabs disappear.


New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Blog Show and Hide

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

The Show and Hide function, currently available on the Dashboard of Production Blogger, has been copied in the New GUI - except, it's a secret, and replaced by Arrows! You wouldn't know unless I told you, or you happened to move your mouse over the right spot!

What do I mean by that? Well, when you see the Blog List, and progress to clicking on a particular blog, a small, dull-grey (gray) ARROW will appear next to the Blog Title. If you click on this ARROW, then the blog will move from your Primary Blogs, to your 'Other' blogs list! Now, there's two new terms, already!

Image 1. shows the normal Blog List. When highlighted, the 'DOWN-ARROW' appears, together with a pop-up message, saying; "Move to Other blogs"...

Image 2. shows the addition of two Tabs on the left og the blogs list. One for Primary Blogs and the second is for Other Blogs, together with the blog-count...

To view the 'Other Blogs', click on the Tab. Conversely, click on the Primary Blogs Tab to go back to them.

Image 3. shows the 'Other Blogs' screen, with an 'UP-ARROW' next to the blog title. If you click that arrow, the blog will be sent back to the Primary Blogs List.

Image 4. shows an empty 'Other Blogs' list. The Tabs will also disappear when you navigate back to the Primary Blogs list.

This is basically, as I mentioned before. The Show and Hide functions we currently see on the Production Blogger Dashboard.

You'll also find my next post interesting, in that I explain the Delete a blog - Restore a blog functions!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Blog Readers

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Part of having a Private blog, is the ability to choose specific, invited, Blog Readers. The New GUI, available through Blogger in Draft, presents the Settings - Basic screen for facilitating this option.

The options for Blog Reader appear when 'Edit' is clicked ...

If you choose to have a semi-Private blog, that is one which is open to invited Readers, you should select that option in the 'Who Can read this Blog' section. If you wish to Add a Reader(s), You do so by clicking on that button, adding the email address of the intended Reader, and sending the Invitation ...

Once the Invitation Email has been opened, and the Link to the Acceptance has been clicked, this screen will open. You will see choices to read this blog, by registering with your Google Account, or to Create a Google Account, or, and this is a limited-period offer - continue on to become a 'Guest Reader'. The limited period of time is 1 month ...

Something to note here is the ability to send the Invitational Email on to someone else. The Offer token can be accepted by someone else, other than the intended recipient. In this example, I forwarded the Invitation to another of my accounts, and accepted it, as an Invited Reader. Naturally, Google/Blogger realises this, and sends a Warning Email to the sender of the Invitation (the Blog Admin).

Once the Invitation has been accepted, the Reader's details are posted on the Blog Reader list, similar to a Blog Member.

Also, the option to Remove a Blog Reader is the same as for a Blog Author/Admin. There is a big 'X' marking the spot. Click it - in this case, it works!


New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Settings - Blog Authors (Permissions)

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

The Settings screen we used to know as Permissions, does not get a mention in the New GUI - it doesn't even have its own screen!

The section we used to know as Permissions is included on the Settings - Basic screen in the New GUI and it is simply referred to as Blog Authors. Of course, there is an option to change who can read this blog - called Blog Readers (see: Image 8.)

Image 1. shows the Settings - Basic screen and the Blog Authors list ...

Image 2. shows the option for changing the Status of a Blog Member. I'm sorry to say this, but, as there is currently NO 'Save Settings' button on the Settings - Basic screen, you can't save your changes to the Blog Author Status! I reported it on the fancy Feedback form available from the Gear Wheel in the top right-hand corner of the screen, which I hope everyone does - for whatever reason.

Image 3. shows what should happen when the Status is changed (in Image 2.)

Image 4. Adding an Author to your blog is very easy, as it was before. The screen turns grey (gray), and a pop-up box appears, which is slightly different to before.

Image 5. tells you that there is an Open Invitation to an invited Author, which has not yet been accepted.

Image 6. An Invitation to join a blog can only be used once. An interesting observation in this test was that whilst I was unable to convert an Admin to Author, I could convert a newly invited Author, which is the default status, to Admin status! Go figure! I will also be doing a post, shortly, on the Invitation, and an age-old security worry.

Image 7. To 'Remove' a Blog Author, or Admin, (a Member) of the blog, used to be a little more 'Formal' than clicking on a big 'X', but not any more. In Production Blogger, there actually is a button titled 'Remove'. The icing on the cake is that, like with the changing of a Members Status (above), it doesn't work - (yet)! I tried, using Firefox 4 and Chrome Browsers.

Image 8. shows, the Blog Readers option, which I believe is straight forward enough. This is how you choose who can see your blog. Together with the last options on this screen, that of Listing on Blogger and Visible to Search Engines.

Image 9. Privacy. This screen allows you to decide whether, or not, to have your blog listed by Blogger, or to have the Google Search Engines crawl your blog.


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Reading List - Add

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

From the Reading List on the New GUI in Blogger in Draft, you can Add a blog to Follow. Or, you can click the Gear Wheel to reveal the Manage Blogs I'm Following screen, and Add a blog there.

Once you click on the Add Button, the next screen pops-up. This is where you have the choice to Add the blog by URL, or by selecting a blog from your Google Reader. Then, click 'Next' ...

After clicking 'Next', you can choose whether, or not, to Follow Publicly, or Privately ...

Click 'Follow' and 'Done'.


New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Manage Blogs I'm Following

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

From the Reading List, in the New GUI on Blogger in Draft, the Manage Blogs I Follow option is accessed through the Gear Wheel icon, next to the View in Google Reader option.

Clicking on the Gear Wheel, opens the familiar Manage Blogs I'm Following screen, where you can Learn more about Follower Friend Connect, Following Anonymously, as well as opening Settings and Adding to your Follower List.

If you click on Settings, next to a particular blog, the Settings - Basic option is revealed. There are many choices to make on this screen. You can

  • Edit your Profile
  • Change the Profile you use to Follow that particular blog
  • You can change from Private to Anonymous Following
  • Connect with Friends from Social Networks
  • Publish your activities to sites you've joined and Networks,
  • and
  • You can STOP FOLLOWING that particular blog

The next option is Messaging. On this screen, you can ...

  • Check, or Change the email address you use for Follower - for that Profile ID!
  • Choose from 3 options with regards to Following - for that Profile ID!

The Sites You've Joined option, allows you to see a list of all sites you Follow, visit those blogs, or STOP FOLLOWING!

The last option is Manage Friends. You can visit sites belonging to these people, and Add more friends etc. OR, you can Remove a friend, also known as 'Unfriend a Friend'...

The key to Follower, as many experienced bloggers have been saying for ages, is to be logged-in with the Username ID (email) with which you originally Followed that blog. You can only Manage those blogs if they appear on this Reading List - ie: the account you are logged-in to!