It used to be really easy to become a Follower, I would just click on the "Follow publicly" selection, and that was all there was to it. But lately when I try to Follow, it doesn't end up listing the site I'm Following in my "Blogs I Follow" section on my site, and it doesn't list my blog on my Follower page.
Back in August, when Following was first launched, some of us were concerned about several privacy issues.
Maybe the choice to selectively display some (or all) blogs as Followed, to our other Followed and Followers, or even to the Blogosphere in general, would be good.We appear to have choices now, in visibility. We can choose To Not Be Seen, in various options. This will mitigate some previously anticipated issues.
If we want to, we can choose to not display any Followed blogs. One of the options in "Edit User Profile" is "Show sites I follow". If we choose to select "Show sites I follow", we can restrict what we show.
I'm going to look at 3 blogs, as examples, and show what can be seen, and what can't be seen.
- PChuck's Network. I'm an administrator (owner), member, and I Follow this blog.
- Roberto's Report. I'm a member, and I Follow this blog.
- t u e s d a y s. I Follow this blog.
My blog Following list. Note that each of the 3 example blogs have a link to a Followers list.
I Follow PChuck's Network anonymously.
I'm an administrator of PChuck's Network. The dashboard entry has a link to the Followers list.
I can see a list of Followers of PChuck's Network, and I can view a list of Blocked Followers.
I Follow Roberto's Report publicly.
I'm a member of Roberto's Report. The dashboard entry has no information about Followers.
My blog Following list shows Roberto's Report, and if I click on the Followers link, I can see a list of active Followers. I have no option to see Blocked Followers.
I Follow t u e s d a y s publicly.
My blog Following list shows t u e s d a y s, but if I click on the Followers link, I can see nothing.
Granularity in displaying what blogs I'm Following.
- Follow publicly, and display this site on my profile.
- Follow publicly, and do not display this site on my profile.
- Follow anonymously, and do not display this site on my profile.
All in all, a good effort in resolving several privacy issues expressed many months back. Bravo, Blogger.
For more information, see Blogger Help: Blogger and Google Friend Connect Privacy FAQ, and Rick Klau's weblog: Blogger Following and Friend Connect.