Social Blog - Show Me My Subscriptions!

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If you saw my previous post, you'll know I'm a little upset with a recent user interface design change here in ActiveRain. Bottom line is that, at the moment, there is no longer a link on the home page that takes us to a summary newsfeed of all the posts of all the people that we have subscribed to. Oops. (If you ask me, that is like taking away the inbox view of your favorite mail app!)

The link you are now looking for is somewhat of a secret, for it is buried two clicks deep on your "My home" page (Find Blogs to Read > Following) If you know the secret link, you can get this newsfeed. The secret is
(I'm standing on the rooftop shouting out the secret for anyone to hear)

I highly suggest that you put this link in your browser favorites list or better yet on your BOOKMARKS BAR at the top of your browser. (If you don't know how to create a bookmarks bar, let me recommend a tutorial video that I recorded that shows you exactly how to make one. You can find it here. This part of the tutorial if you want to skip directly to it is about the 25 minute mark)

In my conversations with AR staff, I have confidence that the AR devs have had second thoughts about bringing back a single Following link for us at the top nav bar. I believe (and am really hoping) we may see it back in the next update in the near future!

Meanwhile, I thought this was a good opportunity to highlight another feature of ActiveRain that there is a very good chance you have overlooked, and yet now of all times you may find it more useful than ever.
That feature is what is called the Social Blog

From the home page, you'll find the link hiding over there right in the midst of other "Important Links"

activerain home page

If you click on it, you will see the most recent post in chronological order of all the people that you are subscribed to. Each of the posts is in expanded view, so you get to see all that they have written. Here you can see a snapshot of my social blog this afternoon... posts from Elizabeth, Pamela, Dagny, Andy, and Barbara.

social blog in activerain

When you are ready to comment on one of these posts, you need to go to the actual blog post. To do that, simply click on the Title of the post because it is a hyperlink. I suggest also that you Ctrl+Click on the link (Command + click in mac) to open the post in a new tab. That way you can come back to the full newsfeed view to continue your reading where you left off.

There you have it, the Social Blog!
Check it out!

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog today. I'm a tech guy living in New York City but I love that I can reach so many via means of the web. In my blog posts and tutorial videos, you'll get many new takeaway points that you'll be able to apply. By following my blog (button below), you will be able to see my new posts in your "following" newsfeed. If you enjoyed this post also be sure and click "like". It helps me see that my content is hitting the mark!

My blog home page lists my most recent posts, so if you feel like reading more, that's the place to go next!

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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Wow, I had no idea what the social blog was.  But, like you, I miss my "following" button.  Let's hope they reconsider that.

Jul 08, 2014 04:18 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Craig thank goodness for you!  I had no idea of where to find this important stuff.  I will do as you say and I do hope they bring back the following tab.


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Jul 08, 2014 04:40 AM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Craig, I've got your shortcut URL for my subscribed feed saved in an Outlook note.  I fire up a separate Firefox browser tab just for cruising my blog feed.  Thanks for giving us that tip when the glitch first hit!

Jul 08, 2014 04:49 AM #3
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

This was a HUGE mistake on AR's part. It is so annoying and so frustrating. I don't believe for a second they had input on this and following was one of the buttons I clicked the most often.  this should not be this difficult.  the social blog is annoying & clunky and slow and also requires additional clicks.

Many posts are not getting comments now beause people miss them. they don't even realize that they are only getting subscribed wi/ AR community.  Until they fix this, this is where we should post.

I have way to many bookmarks to add another and find it easily, but even that takes more clicks.

My patience is wearing thin.

when I spoke to Kerry a few weeks ago, it sounded like it would be in the next update when they allow us to customize the buttons. I hope they stick w/ that, but not sure if they will. 

nonetheless, this is stupid since most newcomers won't even understand how to customize.

It's driving me bonkers. Can't you tell?

- Debbie

Jul 08, 2014 05:28 AM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Craig - that filter+subscribed link sends me to the same information as the column on the right side of the page when I click on "Recent Posts."   That column is who I am subscribed to, in order of recent posts.

Jul 08, 2014 05:37 AM #5
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Catherine - glad I was able to highlight something new :)

Anna B - the following link back would be the best news!

Bill - so glad you are getting mileage out of my tip - my shortcut is getting lots of use also!

Debbie - driving me bonkers too! I understand the next update is coming next week. I'm trying to be patient as I know the complications of being a developer. But what a relief to get it back. Some posts are SEO targeted and we expect good click numbers but lesser interaction. But our peer to peer posts where we want the interaction - these posts are just not getting seen like before. VERY FRUSTRATING. Huge oversight but fixable!

Jay - the filter+subscribed works but has a major problem - it only shows posts in each of the singular categories and not "show all" - the right column shows all the people with recent posts in the correct order (you just have to ignore the timeframe stamp) - for example mine shows posted "4 months ago" when it was within the past couple of hours

Jul 08, 2014 05:58 AM #6
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Thanks Craig,

This was very helpful and I have the link saved for access. Works very well.

Jul 08, 2014 06:12 AM #7
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Craig you are correct it was frustrating we lost that key feature. Once I located where this was hiding I did add to my bookmark tool.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 08, 2014 06:20 AM #8
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good evening Craig. I have been so busy building my business that I have not had a lot of time to full around with activerain. I leave it to geeks like you to help us out in our times of need. Thanks for your continued support for us  "dummies".

Jul 08, 2014 09:43 AM #9
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Craig - It should not be this difficult to find the important stuff.  Nice work on finding and sharing.

Jul 08, 2014 10:39 AM #10
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Craig, thank you for this post. I echo you and Debbie that it is extremely frustrating. Unless someone reads your post, they won't know this valuable information. I have been turned off to reading posts which I thought were four months old because that is what it said in the right bar. Now, I see that those posts are only minutes or hours old and those people lost my readership on them. 

It is too time intensive to have to make multiple clicks to find what one is looking for. Comments and interaction are way down. Please Active Rain, fix this!

Jul 08, 2014 01:58 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Interesting as always.  When I'm finished I'll check out the social blog link  thanks

Jul 08, 2014 08:19 PM #12
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Craig, thanks so much for keeping us up to date with this.  Every post of yours has such value and by my comment I have it bookmarked to go back through the steps to re-instate our blog roll that is up to date with all posts!

Jul 09, 2014 12:25 AM #13
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

The tricks and shortcuts I can learn ... wow!  But I agree ... I wish the steps to find those I subscribe to were easier and more quickly found.  Hopefully ... soon!


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