Thursday, September 4, 2008

Follow me ... please?

Those clever fellows at Blogger have recently introduced yet another lubricant for social interaction in the blogosphere. If you look down the right hand column of my blog you'll see a heading "Followers", and if you click on this you'll find you open a window very much like this one.

All you need to do is to decide whether to be public or anonymous, and that's it - you're a follower!

What it means is that a list of blogs you are following (receiving notification when new posts are added) will be added to the bottom of your Blogger Dashboard page (if you're a Blogger member) and to your Google Reader (if you have a Google account). No need to save all those bookmarks in your favourites, no need to keep checking back for new posts. Easy peasy.

If you elect to be a 'public' follower of, say, "Snippets 'n' Scraps", your profile photo (in miniature) will appear there in the margin of my blog, with a link back to your blog, making it even easier for my readers to pop in to your place and check out what you're writing about. Right neighbourly.

From the blog-writer's point of view, it's about warm fuzzies, knowing someone is interested enough to read my meagre offerings. If you choose to follow privately, however, you'll still be told when I post, but I just won't know you're there watching .....hmmm.

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