Dear ActiveRain - I Want My Following Link Back!

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Dear ActiveRain,

On your recent interface update, you took something away from us and I'm going to be first in line to ask for it back.

We are missing the "Following" link on the top menu bar.

Besides taking away the easiest way to get to a feed of posts to those we have subscribed to, you have broken the other avenues to get to the list!

Let me be specific here so you can see this is not something to push down the "wishlist" - this is actually quite critical!

Our first choice now is to go to the top menu bar and click on "Recent Posts" and then a second click in the list gets us to a "Followed Only" list. Aha! you say that isn't "so bad". Ahem! I say... that is not a list of EVERY post for the people that I have subscribed to. You are robbing bloggers from potential eyeballs! 

Don't believe me?? Let me illustrate in the diagram below. On the left newsfeed is every post of those I am subscribed to (Elizabeth, Debb, Andy, Barbara-Jo, and Noah - you'll see how I got to that list as you read on...). On the right is the list that you are showing me (Dorie, Lisa, Barbara-Jo, and Dorie again). The list on the left shows all the posts on the right and more (they are just off the edge of the screenshot because the left list is much longer)

Do you see what is happening here! You are giving me posts of those I have subscribed to but only for ONE topic. I want ALL topics!

Let's go to the second method of the "new interface" to go to our subscriptions. From your "My Home" page you can go to the menu category "Find Blogs to Read" and then choose "Following".

Aha! You say, we've got you covered! Ahem! I say - the link is BROKEN! (not to mention that you buried it so far out of people's sight... really, how many people do you think will actually go here. This is now THREE clicks deep. I think it is ok to leave it here, just please give us our primary link back at the top of the page as the primary option.)

The link you send us to is an OLD REFERNCE (it NOW shows all posts, not subscriptions): 
http://activerain.com/bloghome?filter=my_subscriptions 

and what you meant to say is: 
http://activerain.com/bloghome?filter=subscribed 

the "my_subscriptions" reference is old and no longer works!

 

So the bottom line of my request today is simple:

(a) give us back our "Following" link on the top menu bar
(simply insert it back in, alongside the links you already have...
we are JUST ONE click and voila! destination
you have PLENTY of room in the menu bar to put it back)

(b) fix the URL that you are using to the syntax ?filter=subscribed 

 

Going to our subscribed-to newsfeed is like going to our AR inbox. This is a fundamental part of us being on ActiveRain. Please give us one click access back!

 

Sincerely,

That Tech Guy in NYC

 

PS - I know you guys will fix this. I just want to emphase there is a little urgency to the request. I hope I illustrated that. :)

PPS - to all you AR's reading this and agree, add your comments below to sound your voice to my argument

PPPS - to AR's: I highly suggest you click on the correct link below and when you get on that page, add the page to your Bookmarks Toolbar on your browser (or your favorites menu) so you have easy access to it until AR fixes this (they will in due time!) :)

http://activerain.com/bloghome?filter=subscribed 

Edited:
PPPS - Check out my how-to post Bookmarks Bar on Your Browser
I think NOW more than ever you might find this useful! 

 

 

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  1. Belinda Spillman 06/20/2014 05:40 AM
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Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
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This update is on par with last years' "no mo spel chek" release

As an ambassador please,please,please bring this back. One of the things I'm doing for newbies is giving them a list of key people to follow. My fear is a newbie will not take the time/effort to do a workaround.

Jun 20, 2014 11:09 PM #43
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I am letting you handle all things that are not running optimum....Your talent says so

Jun 20, 2014 11:10 PM #44
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Sandra

This is what happens when someone buys a product for THEIR benefit and not the benefit of the people that created it in the first place.

Jun 20, 2014 11:12 PM #45
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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Craig...I think you have made progress....things are changing.  Thanks for being there swinging the bat.

Jun 20, 2014 11:35 PM #46
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Craig, a couple of the links I often use were moved. It took me a while to find them. Sometimes I don't see the point.

Jun 20, 2014 11:47 PM #47
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Craig Daniels
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Bill - most are very interested in their subscriptions list, for these it is noteworthy

Laura - thanks for your visit

Kathy - I see AR working on mobile updates, looks like there is still room to grow

Alexa - I've seen the mobile adustments like on the home page and my home page. I'm sure they have plans to keep improving mobile

Jun 21, 2014 01:29 AM #48
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Craig Daniels
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Debbie - I'm not sure why 5 is some magic number - there is comfortably room for more. I agree that we have opinions on the other links but following is for certain needing to be back!

Jay - agreed - unpop the popup - it should not reappear after you have closed it once

David - well intentioned but just missed a little bit

Rene - peoples blogs are going to have less readers, I can't wait til this is repaired! :)

Sharon/Bruce - yes you caught that too, awkward that all posts would be best tagged activerain until fixed even when that is not the best category for it

Jeff - it was such a welcome addition when it made it to the top nav bar and then poof it vanished :) I'm certain we'll see it back soon enough

Laura - I'm not opposed to new at all. I like things that help in us discovering new things. This was just an oversight

Michelle - ultimately it is better, after the bumps

Tom - glad to share workarounds that I use in the meanwhile :)

Scott - change brings good things, agreed we don't want to step backwards though

Amanda/Jared - I'm a developer too. I totally get the need for change. I'm not a complainer however some changes are an experiment. Wise when you know to back out of something that didn't work as expected. Now let me go chase the kids off my lawn :)

Jun 21, 2014 01:43 AM #49
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Silvia - I agree Points is not something that should take key position. Stats are very useful to those of us who love to stay on top of page views and monitor interest. Groups would not be a bad choice on the top bar either. Support the Groups :)

Ginny - some things work great, others don't - I appreciate that they are continuing to develop for us though. I have my wishlist of things I'd rather see their time spent on though ;)

Susan - popup be gone! let's hope soon - if you close it once, why can't it be smart enough to know that notification was already seen?

Doug - yes, thanks for lending your voice. Great point about helping new ones and not having to say well do this a, b, c, d workaround

Richie - thanks for thinking so

Sandra - I have no doubt well intentioned. Discussing it now just to highlight it for adjustment

Cindy - time is limited... picking my battles - this one needed attention! :)

Michael - be sure and give thought to my bookmarks bar idea - I really use mine for my favorite destinations. That way I have control of getting to my most often used links.

Jun 21, 2014 01:51 AM #50
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Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Craig - thanks for making the request for the top level following link.  I got to the folks I was following by clicking on the number after the "following" label, but then I had to go to each one separately.  Not at all convenient.

Jun 21, 2014 06:34 AM #51
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I want my Groups link back , too, Craig.  This is driving me nuts.  Who cares about the leaderboard except the robobloggers?

Jun 21, 2014 08:10 AM #52
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Craig, very nice job catching this!  On a another note, my posts are not getting any juice and I could not figure out why.   Before you could go to blogs easily and see the most recent blogs without going to a topic.  If it sounded interesting you would click on it.  Now there are to many filters to go through. 

Jun 21, 2014 09:46 AM #53
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I think they should have asked for more input before some of these changes. I don't think you're whining BTW as someone referenced above. Lots of changes do not equal BETTER.

Jun 22, 2014 01:17 AM #54
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I at least want the link to work.  Not happy that it doesn't/

Jun 22, 2014 04:28 AM #55
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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
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So glad you mentioned this.   Although change is good in some respects...some things don't need to change at all.  The following link should remain and be fixed.  

Jun 22, 2014 07:21 AM #56
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Craig, Maybe AR can hire you to fix the all the issues created by those who clearly are in over their heads ... referring to those who are working on the platform attempting to make it better ... but not!  I vote they hire people with the skill sets to get the job done ... right!

Jun 22, 2014 08:37 AM #57
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Excellent post, Craig, and I share everyone's frustration. To provide more feedback to Kris' comment (#15), I do not need to see Leaderboard, Stats or Points in the gray menu bar. I am fine with having all of those on the left sidebar. I would like to see Groups on the top bar, however Following would be my #1. I agree with Belinda's comment (#7) in that my comments have gone way down to almost nothing since the change and with Debbie's comment (#4) - it takes way too long to get to where I want to go - so much that I am less likely to make comments because it takes that much longer and it that much more frustrating to get there.

If they do work on the left sidebar, I would appreciate having MY BLOG added there so that I can easily get to it from my home page. Re: Craig's comment #17 - Yes, want to see what was posted, not just who. Re: Debbie's comment (#26) I focus on who I subscribe to and want to see that over 'all'. Therefore, whom I subscribe to is much more important to me than 'recent posts' because I don't want to see what I don't want to see. That is the whole point of subscribing in the first place.

Unless someone has seen this post and knows to use the link that Craig just gave us, then they won't know about this workaround. A newbie or infrequent user of the site is not going to know what to do to find the people they want to follow. and may just give up and not come back. It needs to be more user friendly. 

Kris mentions a solution in the next release - when is that expected to be?

Jun 22, 2014 03:38 PM #58
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Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

Yes please!  Bring back the link to Following, and stop the stupid Top Contributors popup from popping up every single time I log on!   Thanks for fixing, hopefully soon!

Jun 22, 2014 10:35 PM #59
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Absolutely!  Please bring back the Following tab!!!  It is an essential part of many of us being a part of ActiveRain! 

Jun 23, 2014 12:37 AM #60
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Crain I don't like it either.  But I think they know they made a mistake and plan to back track on this.

Jul 26, 2014 02:15 AM #61
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Hopefully they will get all these bugs worked out soon enough.  What a pain. 

Nov 20, 2014 08:37 AM #62
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