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Friday, March 14, 2014

Change in Blogger's FRIEND CONNECT feature

Yes - another new change - without warning. This time it involves Blogger's Friend Connect gadget feature. In the past, if we wanted to follow a blog using Blogger Friend Connect on a person's blog, we merely clicked on FOLLOW and that was it.

But now, a window like this one appears:

The past week, this error message appears, advising us that we need to try back later. On several Challenge blogs, I've seen comments like "Your rules say we must follow you, and I'm trying, but Google won't let me".

To use this gadget now, follow these simple steps (an extra step was added recently)

Click on JOIN as usual so the pop up window appears.

Ignore the Error Message


A new window appears. Click on FOLLOW in the bottom left.

Click on FOLLOW in the bottom left.

A new window appears. Success at last!

So much for simplifying the process.



Jean Bullock said...

Thanks, Donna. I had been getting that message and I hadn't found any info. You are a life saver. A very talented life saver!

Jean Bullock said...

Thanks, Donna. I had been getting that message and I hadn't found any info. You are a life saver. A very talented life saver!

Reusing with Quilling said...

I experienced this very recently ! I guessed may be some sever problem and will be OK later.Its very helpful. Thanks Donna !

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I've had a problem at a couple of blogs, but not all, so this is strange. I may post your tutorial if that's OK, I'll link back to you of course. Take good care, Shirleyxx ps.. thanks for all the tips and taking time to provide lots of help. xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I just went to try and join a blog and I'm just getting the 'sorry come back later' message, no windows, nothing but the message, something going on with blogger... arghhhhhh. Have a great weekend, Shirley

KT Fit Kitty said...

Always a wealth of information, Donna! Thank you for these tips. I just realized I was following you on Bloglovin' but not on GFC so I'm your newest follower on GFC. Hope I haven't missed anything so I'm going to snoop around your blog now hehe. Hope you are having a good weekend!


Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna Thank you so much for the info about GFC I was having so much trouble trying to follow some blogs!!

MaryH said...

Thanks again Donna for researching this blogger aggravation. I am currently trying to get back to someone on Google circle, and can't find her blog. She couldn't add followers the old way so did the google+ gadget; Wish blogger would just go back to the old way {sigh}. Good thing we have technical people like you to help out the rest of us! Happy Wkend & TFS - hugs too.

Planetsusie said...

Oooh you lovely lady!!! This very thing happened to me last night and I was flummoxed - being technophobic I wouldn't dare press any more buttons! I shall be following your 'structions to the letter! Bless you.

Big hugs Sue Pxxx

Jane Savage said...

Hi Donna. Thank you for becoming my latest follower! I am trying to return the favour as your creations are amazing but, even after your excellent tutorial, Blogger is still playing up. I will try again (and again) later!! :)xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna I have linked to your blog post so that it may help more bloggers

crafty-stamper said...

thanks for that I have been getting that error for a couple of weeks!!!
carol x

Pat N. said...

After reading this post, I was afraid to try to follow you! Luckily I didn't need to go through 15 steps, only 2, it worked! Thanks for following me.

vicki said...

Donna your amazing :)
Vic x

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome Donna, thanks so much for being our eye witness. I think this is the reason why my Followers number has stagnated for the past few weeks.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Embellishments said...

Aaaah Donna, THANK YOU!!! I was trying to follow the girls on the team and got frustrated lol... You are talented and a life saver my friend :-)
Hugs, Steff

Shirley said...

Of course, it wouldn't work for me, but I had been stymied by the error message advising us that we need to try back later. I thought about it when your way (assuming you were clicking from the Follow section of the blog you wanted to follow) wouldn't work for me and this is how I had to do it to get it to work.
1. I had to sign in to my Blogger dashboard.
2. Click on My Blogs
3. Click on the Add button one the left above the Reading List.
4. Past the html of the blog I wanted to follow.

Thank you so much, De, for helping me to figure it out. It was the Blogger alternate access instead of Google for me.

Kimberly S said...

There is always some issue going on! hugs, Kimberly


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