I woukd like to see a chrnological list of followers. As it is now there does not seem to be any organazation to the way they are listed. I only have a few right now and am losing track I can't imagine how people with 100's stay on top of this.
Your user name is hyperlinked to your profile page which is linked to all of your content here on HP including your forum posts and the comments you make on other peoples hubs. All your activity here on this site creates internal linking and could boost your ranking (internally). If someone becomes your fan they can get a tiny piece of that internal linking. If you fan them back they get a little more. In the sense that Misha is referring too, this is called "link juice" sort of a slang.
Just had to say I love the thread title--since I, too, detest/hate/despise and otherwise really don't much care for the word "follower". Or the cartoon show, The Family Guy. Peter, now, he would love that word...and laugh about it, too.