Bloglovin, a very popular Feed Reader for bloggers, are having some trouble this week. If you’re not familiar with Bloglovin, the site allows you to follow any blog, website or YouTube channel and receive the latest updates all in one place. When you click to read an update, you are brought to the original site which is very useful for bloggers and blog readers.
Bloglovin’ announced last week that Tumblr have blocked Bloglovin’ from accessing their users RSS Feed and displaying updates. Apparently there was a disagreement with the iframe feature and how content is displayed. An iframe is an old HTML tag that prompts browsers to render an entire site on the domain that includes the iframe, without sending the user to that URL. This feature can actually be switched on or off by the user, so when they click onto a new update a bloglovin bar is shown at the top of the browser window allowing user to navigate through their feed, share the site they’re on, like the post via Bloglovin’ etc.
Tumblr blocking Bloglovin from updating means that if you follow any Tumblr blogs on Bloglovin, you won’t be seeing any updates from them and will need to manually visit the Tumblr blogs or use another Feed Reader. If you own a Tumblr blog you will no longer see traffic coming from Bloglovin, you should let your readers know of this change and suggest an alternative way to follow your blog.
At the moment Bloglovin are trying to get followers to convince Tumblr to reconsider (see Tweet below). I will update when more is announced.
— Bloglovin (@bloglovin) August 6, 2014
Bloglovin and Tumblr have made up! No details have been announced about why exactly there was a dispute or how they have resolved the issue however considering many Bloglovin users were having trouble this week with their feed while using the frame, I suspect they’ve made changes to it to get back on Tumblr’s good side.
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