Monday, November 05, 2012

How to Unfollow a Blog

Unfollow? That sounds so cruel! Why would you want to unfollow another blogger? There are many reasons:

  • The blogger unfollowed you. Maybe they lost interest or they were just phishing for followers.
  • The blogger never returned your follow or comments on his or her blog.
  • Blog posts become offensive. Or the blog changes topics. Or you discover you’re just not following a nice person. (The green trolls are out there…)
  • The blog shuts down or goes inactive for a very long time.
  • An abandoned blog is taken over by someone else. (Always by a company that blasts out advertising posts - so annoying!)

How do you escape? If the blog in question is on a platform other than Google’s Blogger, or it was followed via RSS, it’s only a matter of unsubscribing. In Google Reader, just click on the little arrow by the name and unsubscribe:

However, if you originally followed through Google Friends Connect, unsubscribing in Google Reader won’t hack it. Like a stray cat, the blog’s feed just keeps coming back. And you are still listed as one of that blog’s followers. There are two options here.

On the main dashboard of your blog, look to the far right and you will see this:

Click on the little symbol, and it will bring up a list of the blogs you follow. You can unfollow them from here. If the blogger has removed the Google Friends Connect widget (which is what some do when they take over an abandoned blog - evil!) unsubscribing here is your only option. After that, you can unsubscribe in your Google Reader and the blog will forever vanish.

The other option is to unfollow at the source. Go to that blog and find the Google Friends Connect widget. Often it will look like this:

If you know you’re already following, hit the button to join - you will be prompted to sign in:

(And if you asks you if you want to Join this site, run away - you're really not following that blog through GFC!)

After that, the GFC widget looks like this:

Click on Options and then Site settings:

Another box will pop up - click on Stop following this site on the far right:

Now you have officially unfollowed and only have to remove them from your Google Reader if you use that feature. You are free at last from this blog. And in the case of annoying ads or negative green trolls, you are happy to be free!


  1. Good tips, Diane! I've had to unfollow some blogs' RSS feeds because my Google Reader kept bombing. Wasn't sure how to do it on Friend Connect, though...nice info.

  2. If it's a blogger I know, I usually write them first to make sure their blog just hasn't been hacked. I've seen that happen at least three times this year. It's a mess to get your blog back.

    Ref: unfollowing
    I might unfollow them on Google Reader, but I rarely take the trouble to unfollow them on GFC.

  3. Elizabeth, with GFC, if you don't do it at the source or dashboard, they just keep coming back.

    Maria, unfollowing them through GFC is the only way to keep them from reappearing in Google Reader. Sad when a friend's blog is jacked like that. It does happen.

  4. Thanks for this Diane. I never understood why I lose followers, so this is a ticklish issue for me. I can't remember ever unfollowing anyone.

  5. I unfollow people on Twitter all the time. Although that's usually right after they do something annoying like DM me and tell me to buy their book. I've even had someone send me a public message to buy their book. I unfollowed her. I've never unfollowed a blog. I don't read most of the ones I follow. It's impossible. But I don't bother to unfollow them because of that. As long as they don't irritate me like some Twitter users, I'll still follow them. :)

    It's a different story if I'm following the blog via email. Then I'll unfollow them if I'm not longer interested in the blog.

  6. Ref: ...unfollowing them through GFC is the only way to keep them from reappearing in Google Reader.

    I don't think I've ever had a blog show up once I've deleted it off Google Reader.

    GFC is a separate and distinct feed from Reader. I've never seen the two mix--at least on mine.

    I've never been fond of GFC. It ignores a whole section of bloggers who don't use Blogger.

  7. Karen, I've unfollowed a couple unpleasant people and recently went through my book blogger list and was stunned how many had quit, some over a year ago. No need to keep following.

    Stina, I've tried to limit the ones I follow via email as I already get 300 emails a day.

    Maria, the ones I've deleted just keep coming back, so that was the only way I found to get rid of them permanently.

  8. That's useful because I think I follow over a thousand blogs but when I check the list out I find that many of them have just given up. Thank you :-)

  9. Thanks for the lesson. I still have to unfollow that one guy.

  10. useful info - just hope I'm not unfollowed by a bunch now :)

  11. I learned the hard way that unsubscribing in Google Reader isn't enough!

  12. This is good to know, thank you. I've been meaning to look into this, one reason being that I recently heard that you can only follow something like 300 blogs. There are a handful of stray blogs that I've been wanting to unfollow. Not yours, of course! :)

    Happy Monday!

  13. I really need to do this. It's on my list.

  14. Thanks for the info! It took me hours one day to unfollow someone. LOL

  15. Susan, I know there were a lot who'd quit last year, but I followed so many I didn't even know it.

    Baygirl, I doubt that!

    Karen, you can only add up to 300 in your dashboard, but clicking on GFC or adding to Google Reader allows you to follow a lot more.

    RaShelle, I've been there.

  16. Thanks. Mostly I tend to skip over some of the blogs that don't interest me, but there have been times when someone posts 44 times in a row when I've been tempted to unfollow.

  17. Useful info. Blogging is getting so complicated lately. They are always changing how they do things.There are so many ways to follow and I don't understand half of them. I'm used to the simple 'followers' widget and follow by email and most of the others confuse me. I think I need to go to a blog school.

  18. I've never had the desire to unfollow anyone, but this is useful information in case the situation ever comes up.

  19. I do this every once in a while. Problem is, unlike Twitter, you can't easily find out who's unfollowed you. You have to have a master list to check back against. And when you have hundreds of followers, that's a real chore. Still, nothing quite as aggravating as noticing your GFC follower number has dropped and not knowing who unfriended you! Grr!

  20. Thanks for the tips. I'm more cautious now about which blogs I follow and which blogfests I'll join.

  21. Great tips! I know how to unfollow from the Blogger dashboard and it's spankin' easy.

    I hate spam, so I watch out what blogs I follow. I usually stay within this wonderful writing community, if I venture out of this particular blogging community, I'm scared. But I usually know what blogs are writing blogs and not :)

  22. I can't follow thru google friends anymore. It never lets me sign in. for awhile I was able to sign in w/ Twitter but it doesn't let me do that anymore either. But I put people in my google reader i want to follow, so it doesn't matter if I'm in your follow box or not. :)

    One of these days I should clean out my google reader.

  23. Johanna, now you know how to do that.

    Nancy, wish there was a site that would tell you.

    M Pax, when I cleaned out mine, I was surprised how many had stopped blogging a long time ago and I never noticed.

  24. Google friend connect really makes you jump through hoops!
    Thanks for the info. :)

  25. Hi Diane .. thanks for this very useful info - some I knew, but definitely useful to have the rest.

    I've had a couple of Follows - that looked distinctly odd - so deleted them.

    Literally had a couple of people this week - I've no idea who they are .. one with a message asking what I write .. but why not comment too? at least to introduce yourself ...

    I'll take a closer look to see if I need them ...

    The definites - were of some East European origin and I definitely didn't want others to click their picture ..

    It's a world to be wary of at times out there ... thanks so much for this info .. Cheers Hilary

  26. Thanks for sharing the information, Diane.

  27. Good information D. I did unfollow a few blogs when I first started blogging. Your directions make it easy if I need to do it again. Thanks!

  28. Wow, who knew it was so complex! The only reason I've unfollowed a blog is if they were offensive, and that was ages ago. Thanks for the tutorial!

  29. Those are ridiculously difficult steps to unfollow! I use bloglovin' now and it is really easy.

    Just today I had a blog I followed (and had been inactive for a while) get take over by a major spammer. In two day there must have been like 40 posts!

  30. Thank you for the tip - I had one blogger who changed from blogspot to wordpress and I couldn't figure out how to remove that feed.

  31. Good info, although now that the info is "out there", I sure hope my number of followers doesn't plummet. My hide isn't tough enough.

  32. Thank you! Next time I have a blogging issue, I know who to ask for help :)

  33. Hilary, there are some odd ones out there.

    Holly, I've had those - very annoying.

    Tami, it can be difficult.

    Carol, I can tell what to do if your blog vanishes! I've had that happen, too.

  34. I'm glad someone has worked out how to do this! Thanks.

  35. I’ve found that Just Unfollow is the most simple. It simply shows you a list of people you follow who don’t follow you, sorted by when you started following them.
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