I want to Follow this person, but when I click on the Follow button I'm asked to sign in. I'm already signed in to my blog, am I being hacked?or
I clicked on the users picture. Where is the button to Block the user?Both questions come from someone who isn't aware that Following / Friend Connect are applications separated from Blogger, and separated intentionally.
The Following / Friend Connect gadgets contain iframes, with the frame code sourced from outside "BlogSpot.com" (or whatever domain your blog is published to).
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This lets you use whatever Google (or non Google) account that you wish, to Follow any blog - and that's independent of whatever Blogger account that you might, or might not, have open while you maintain your blog. And it requires that you login, separately, to the Follower or Friend Connect gadget on your blog (or whatever blog that you are surfing).
Two processes - Blogger and Following / Friend Connect. And two separate logins, too, producing the occasional odd result.
In order for you to do anything with Following, such as Block Followers, you have to be logged in to Following - within the Followers IFrame - as a blog administrator. How you are logged in to Blogger, from the navbar, is not relevant - and this is one major difference between the navbar "Follow Blog" link and the Followers gadget.
You need to be aware of the possibilities for becoming a Follower, and for managing the Following community for your blog - and use the right account, in the right way.
Note that the Followers gadget allows you to Follow using any of several different community profiles. You have to login to the right one, to Follow any blog! If you wish to manage your Follower profile, such as the blogs that you Follow, you have to be logged in using the right Followers profile.
If you wish to manage the people that Follow your blog, you have to be logged in using a Blogger profile that has administrative access to the blog. Using the dashboard Manage button will let you manage the blogs that you Follow using that Blogger profile, and the people who Follow that blog, only.
Another issue here is security. Following presents yet another face of Google, and provides you (your computer) yet another possible symptom for a security settings problem. If you see a large blank space where your Followers gadget should be, you're going to have to check security devices and settings in your browser, your computer, and your network. Following / Friend Connect is a separate section of Google, and you (your readers) may have to enable it separately.
Following / Friend Connect is a major application, yet it's deceptively small when you look at it on your blog.