Good news and bad news online

by DaniGirl on December 3, 2007 · 12 comments

in How I love the Interwebs, PSA

The good news is, Facebook has changed it’s mind about that stupid “beacon” thing that I ranted about last week, where they broadcast your online purchases in your Facebook news feed. You now have to opt IN to the service, which is totally the way it should be, instead of making users go to the trouble of opting out. Bravo Facebook, I guess I won’t be quitting just yet…

The bad news is, Blogger sucks! Did you notice that as of late last week, you can no longer leave your URL in any comment you leave on blogspot blogs? If you don’t have a Blogger account, you can only leave your “nickname” with no link back to your blog. How lame is that? I find all sorts of great new blogs by surfing the blogs of people who comment on other blogs. I looked for documentation about this all through Blogger’s site and couldn’t find any reference to why they would do this.

There are workarounds, of course. You can open a Google account and display your URL prominently in the Blogger profile, or just add your blog name as an href tag in the comment itself. Since they haven’t promoted this as some sort of new spam-reduction service, I can only imagine that they’re doing this to prop up the registration for Google accounts. Makes me even more happy with my decision to dump my Blogger blog. My Gmail account may be next, at this rate.

Shame on Google!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura December 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Shame on them… surfing other comments is how I found your great blog!

2 Sleepycat December 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for the heads-up on Blogger. That is so lame! I have two google accounts and run most stuff off my realname one but I comment on blogs with my anonymous one and logging in and out to comment is a pain in the rear end.

3 alison December 3, 2007 at 1:51 pm

I noticed that ‘nickname’ thing when commenting last week and wondered what it was for. How nefarious.

4 J December 3, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Agh.. i’m really sad to hear that they took away that feature. 🙁 Please still feel free to leave your url in a comment. 🙁 Darn!

5 jo(e) December 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm

I too wondered what that nickname thing was for. How lame.

6 patois December 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Google’s change bites. But cool for Facebook. Thank goodness I read your blog or I’d be totally oblivious. (I’m just somewhat oblivious now.)

7 Mad Hatter December 3, 2007 at 11:26 pm

OK, this comment has nothing whatsoever to do with this post but I was just watching The National and, blam, there was your blog. It was only a one second screen shot but there it was. The news stories was about finding alternate toys to those made in China this holiday season. The mentioned how the mom-o-sphere is all abuzz about the lead paint problems. Anyway, I wasn’t sure if you knew so I thought I’d tell you.

8 Lee December 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm

The Blogger thing caught me by surprise.

For what it’s worth, you can embed HTML in the nickname
Dani will appear hyperlinked in some views, but not others.

Besides, you used to use Haloscan for comments anyway!

9 Lee December 4, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Erk, that was supposed to appear as

10 Lee December 4, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Erk, that was supposed to appear as
< a href=””>Dani< /a >

11 b*babbler December 8, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Hmm… Perhaps it’s a goof? Or maybe if enough people complain they’ll change policy?

Here’s hoping…

12 Lee December 14, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Update: Blogger blogs will now let you authenticate with AOL/AIM, LiveJournal, TypeKey, WordPress or any OpenID!

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