Follow sites SharePoint 2013

Just a few small steps and the issue will be solved!!!! following day i ran into a issue where i need to follow a site updates i.e. receive content, site or documents updates from news feeds.

Follow SharePoint Site

Follow SharePoint Site

Surprisingly when i clicked on Follow link i got an error stating SOMETHING WENT WRONG.

follow site in sharepoint something went wrong error

follow site in sharepoint something went wrong error

Obviously i searched and got some interesting links to solve the issues
when u follow a document you will get updates from News feed if the item was updated.

follow site sharepoint error

follow site sharepoint error

However, there are two important site features that need to be activated in order to have this functionality available.
Following content : this makes the site available to be followed (star icon will appear on the top right part of the screen)
Site Feed: this makes the site show up as a “channel” when you are posting something from the newsfeed web part. There is also a web part, called “Site Feeds” which comes with this feature.

Although some site templates already have these features enabled (e.g. : Team Site), they have to be manually activated for a Blank Site or a Publishing Site.
A simple usage scenario for following sites would be like this:

  • Create a new site collection
  • Activate the required features at site level
  • Create a new page
  • Add the “Site Feeds” web part to the page.

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