Tech: Google Reader & Bloglovin’, and EU Cookie Directive Compliance

by Sasha Wilkins on April 8, 2013 · 2 comments

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Time for a little blog-keeping: You may have read that Google is closing Google Reader down on July 1st this year  *weeps*. Not only am I finding this incredibly frustrating, but I know that many of you read all your blogs   – and LLG – through an RSS feed in this way.

There aren’t a lot of alternatives out there, so I’m suggesting that you may like to try using bloglovin‘ to follow all your favourite blogs.

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, essentially Google Reader & Bloglovin’ are services that allow you to subscribe to your favourite blogs on one site, and therefore check-in in just once to read new posts from all your subscribed blogs – meaning you don’t have to keep visiting each blog separately. (They automatically update when a new post is published.)

You can find & follow me on bloglovin’ here - or just click on the tab in the sidebar to the right if you are reading this on the blog (as opposed to email). Equally you can choose to read LLG in your inbox each morning: the Daily Email arrives around 8am every day. Sign up to the right.

There’s also some other news:

As many of you have noticed, there is now a Cookie* Usage opt-in box when you open up LibertyLondonGirl. Nearly all EU-based websites now have these. Lots of blogs don’t: not because they don’t have to, but because they either don’t realise they should or because they choose to ignore the new EU cookie law (the e-Privacy Directive), which applies to how the site owner uses cookies and similar technologies for storing information on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device.

(*Cookies are not yummy biscuits, but small anonymous pieces of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing that site. For example cookies can store passwords and information on filled in forms on your computer.)

The law regarding cookies changed on 26 May 2011, and I, for one, didn’t realise I needed to comply. Given that the e-Privacy Directive specifically cites that site owners should not rely on the fact that users might have read a privacy policy that is perhaps hard to find or difficult to understand, the best & simplest way to ensure compliance with the Directive is by installing a pop up that asks users to choose yes or no to cookies when they land on the home page.

If you choose no, you will be re-directed away from the site in most cases, as cookies are usually vital to the accurate running of a site. (If you are a blogger using WordPress.com then there are lots of very simple plugins that provide a cookie pop up to choose from to.)

JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS CHANGED ABOUT THE SITE OR HOW WE USE COOKIES ON LLG. WE ARE JUST COMPLYING WITH A NEW LAW.

I also wanted to add a quick reminder that the LibertyLondonGirl digital platform keeps growing: There are Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest accounts now, as well as the two Flickr albums and YouTube channel.

Last year, I completely changed how the LLG Facebook works. Previously a place to post links to blog stories, a placeholder really, I now use it to post all the interesting news I receive daily, that doesn’t fit in with the personal, first person tone of the blog proper. So that could be sample sale news, interesting links, fashion news, big brand ad campaigns, bits of insider info, LLG press & PR coverage.

(If you don’t use Google Reader or Bloglovin’, then Facebook is a great place to find out when new posts are up on LLG.)

Instagram gives snapshots into my daily life, from interesting meals, things I am cooking, shoes I have bought or places I have seen, all viewed through retro filters. Although Instagram was originally an app, since Facebook bought it, you can now follow on the Instagram website. You can find the LLG feed here.

Twitter of course, is where I babble away every day, a mixture of my thoughts, links, RTs, insider info, and the occasional live event feed: I live Tweeted the Olympics Opening Ceremony, The BAFTAs and The Olivier Awards, and Tweet from conferences I attend, red carpets, fashion shows, and all manner of events. Click through on the Twitter box to the right.

Pinterest is a collection of visual mood boards, for those of you who haven’t yet come across it. Warning: it’s addictive. Click on the Pinterest tab to the right.

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Beautiful Things April 8, 2013 at 20:23

If I remember rightly there was talk of bloggers being affected by the recommendations in the Leveson enquiry. Do you know if anything came of that?

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hasdsa April 8, 2013 at 21:15

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