it's like facebook or twitter where people just fan or follow someone in hopes they will do likewise. I like to give people a good reason to fan me, and vice versa.
and for those who have just gone through fanning in hopes I will read your hub, I generally don't. I read the hubs that interest me and there are so many excellent writers that never show their face in the forums.
Think about it, if you add them when someone visits your homepage they can be spotted. I can name you 5 people who are quality members that fan almost everyone plus the usual " Ello mate are you new, here is how it is done now add me, wink wink, always the usual two
Some people think this is just another social network-- it's kind of a game for them. The number of fans you have does not often mean a lot, even though it's nice to think that your "fans" are reading your work. Hubpages has a lot of numbers to consider, and they are fun to watch, but don't give them first place importance in your activity. Follow your own heartfelt counsel.
I think many do it in hopes that atleast some of those they have fanned will fan them back. Sadly, many do which only spurs them on. I always check out a new fan's profile just to see if I was fammed. It's irritating to go to a fan's hubtivity and see a long list of fanning with your name included.
You shouldn't fan some one just to get a fan in return, it's irritating. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of fanning IMO
yes, and to add to that, alot of people just become your fans...but very few of them actually bother to read your hubs, let alone comment on them! so for me, it's basically, just a number...'real' fans i.e who read your hubs regularly are very rare!
I hear ya Lorie. I started a similar post a few weeks ago. I had a couple recent fans at that time whose Hubtivity consisted of fanning, being fanned in return and publishing an occasional hub. No forum activity and no comments to hubs of others.
"I swear I try to comment on my fans hubs but there are soooo many I can never get to them all"
That made me laugh - but really - I don't know how is the best way to respond to a fan's fan mail? I've been going to a hub of their's to comment, but is that the best way? I noticed some not really appropriate fan mail - I guess that's "famming" But it is all fun. I'm looking forward to the time when I won't be able to keep up with all the fan mail! Ha!
If someone fans me, and I recognize and appreciate them from the forums, I will fan them back. If it's someone I don't recognize, I will go to their profile. I try when possible to read one or more of their hubs and comment. I will fan them if I think I would be consistently interested in their work. If their hubtivitiy shows them as a habitual fanner (fammer), then I rarely read their hubs, or fan them.
Usually if someone fans me I go to their profile and see if they have a collection of hubs that I would be interested in. If I like their writing then I fan them (regardless of whether they were famming) but if they are not in my prefered topics then I don't bother.
On HubPages, as in life, you can choose who you love but you can't choose who loves you. Unlike many sites fandom is not necessarily mutual. Our recommendation is to only be the fan of someone who's work you genuinely like to consume. You don't have to agree with them, you don't even have to like them, but hopefully what they produce is thought provoking and stimulating. If all a Hubber does is churn out drivel, do us all a favor and quit their fan club.
In real life, the people who claim to be my friend only to suck me out I can boycot, delete from my address book. Here, what do I do with fanners who post duplicate comments in my fan club without ever reading a word I write? Couldn't those people be blocked from fanning? I can't quit their fan clubs 'cause I never joined them in the first place.
I get an email every time one of my fans publishes a new hub. Thank god I only have 30 fans or so. What do people do with 1467 fans? do they too get an email every time one of their fans publish? How can they connect with their fans? Well the answer is they can't so what's the point? A fan club? No, it's just a list of hubbers that have seen your work I suppose.
But no-one has yet answered my 2 questions: 1. Does your number of fans affect your hubscore. 2. Are hubscores generated by robots or humans?
You get this email for people you are a fan of, not for your fans.
Answering your two questions:
1. Yes, slightly. Nobody will tell you the exact numbers though, cause HP don't disclose them. 2. Of course robots. Or rather computers. How many staff should they have to make this manually? They have hundreds of hubs published daily, if not thousands.
Why would you want to delete someone who has fanned you? What difference does it make to you if hubbers you might not choose to fan back are your fans? It's a positive. Nothing negative in having someone as a fan. More fans is good. Means you are popular and writing hubs that others like!
BTW, not only is Hub Pages publishing hundreds (I think it probably IS thousands) of hubs a day,they are also adding newbie hubbers at an incredibly fast rate. We're growing as a community!
As to fammers, yes. There definitely are some hubbers who seem to make a career out of fanning other hubbers. Never publish or comment. Only fan. What this says about their psychology I'm not entirely sure.
BTW, I have quit Misha's fan club about 25 times but he's so darned cute I keep rejoining:-)! MM
I'm probably like many when it comes down to be fanned by someone who has done the same to 20 others. I like to read the hubs of others before I fan them and generally leave a comment.
Also like others; there are several 'senior' accounts that I have fanned, read their works and commented on... Who don't return the favour to me. Perhaps that comes from their perceived 'coolness' or they don't like my works (or perceived personna of me). Of course Time is another factor.
The best I feel I can do is read and support as many good writers as possible. I think it's nice to have genuine fans and certainly beneficial to your writing if they provide objective critique.
And for those who have read my works; thank you.. I will read yours. If you've fanned me thanks twice
Again, friends and fans are different kinds of animals.
You can disapprove their fanmail. Other than that, you can do nothing regarding them being your fans. And frankly, I am at a loss trying to see why you are worked up about it that much. Could it be something else? If anybody is rude to you, you can always report them to staff.
I invited a friend here a while ago and it seems that there are only two frinds that have join his fan club. Now I do notice that top hubbers join new hubbers fan clubs all at once--only my friend seems to have...