My feed is full of "shares" by a Hubber. HP recommends we do not share our own Hubs too frequently, why can't that apply to multiple sharings by the same Hubber for other Hubs.
I don't think they can possibly read all those Hubs, I think it's done for other reasons.
I think limiting the number of shares would be a really good idea it would make us think twice before sharing.
The easy way to fix this is to "unfollow" the person who is doing it, if it's someone you follow. Anyone behaving like that, probably isn't worth following anyway.
Is your feed set up so that you see Hubs by your followers? I fail to see the point of that option. After all, if someone follows you and you're interested in their Hubs, you'll follow them back. So by definition, any Hubs by followers you're not following, are unlikely to be of interest to you.
Knoji limits the number of recommends you have per day (which is essentially the samething). On that site as you level up, you get more recommendations per day. HP could do the same thing. If you're above say a 97, you get a certain number of shares per day, if you're 90-95 you get so many shares etc, and it drops as the hubber score drops.
Someone wrote a Hub several weeks ago about sharing Hubs. They said if you share X number of shares a day, you will get X number of page views, and X number of new followers. They did the math. I think that started all of this.
I think it's wonderful to be able to share a Hub that you feel is worthy and would like others to read it, but this is getting ridiculous. This Hubber just jumps on and jumps off and shares!
Chris Hugh wrote a Hub today about this problem and shared how to filter this kind of stuff out. I intend to do just that.
That's not the purpose of the share function. I share hubs that I think are great reading, but not as much as I used to. I appreciate some of the hubs I've found shared by others, but to try to play a game with views at the expense of your followers is manipulating the function.
I think sharing so many pages could be counter productive if people become tired of the quantity and decide to un-follow the person.
(a) Following too many people to begin with cause the problem that is being complained about.
(b) Following too many topics/categories will also cause the problem that is being complained about.
This is in control of the individual author via the "following" section under "my account section.
Why should the sharing be limited? You can control it yourself without HubPages doing it for everyone.
I don't much care either. My feed is full of shared stuff, but I barely look at it unless something catches my eye.
Personally, I rarely share, mainly because it's a function I barely noticed. If I find a hub that I think is outstanding in some way, I Tweet or Facebook it - that way it has the potential of getting a lot more readers.
It honestly hardly occurs to me to share with followers. Maybe I am missing out on something, but I thought we wrote articles for the whole world, not for other hubbers.
Maybe I should share more often...
I think that using the feed to share every single name of each additional person that follows a Hubber feels like spam. Does anyone else feel this way?
Patty, most of us don't have 6,324 followers. I imagine you gain a number of followers each day, so you probably notice it more. I only see posts of those who are now following me. I don't see others, do you?
I do see others and I don't know why yet - I see announcements of each Hubber that begins to follow one particular HP member, so perhaps those are also followers of mine already. I'll try adjusting settings again.
... I checked settings; according to my choices, I should not have been able to see those "follower" shares, but did and do. I will have to ignore.
I think it is SPAM! I for one, don't like it.
There were several people who seemed to share every hub that they looked at, since each shares came in less than a minute from the last share. I stop following them, but there is some kind of glitch or other functionality which still shows some of these shares.
It is irritating. There is only room on the feed page for so many notices, and having so many shares buries all the new hubs from the people I follow. It is spam.
I have no problems with people sharing one or two things that they particularly liked, but when there are this many, it isn't being shared because it might interest me. Unfortunately, because of all the spam, if a hub is shared, I am less tempted to read it.
I am glad this had been brought up as I have been feeling frustrated too but unsure how to stop it. Chris Hugh's hub has helpful advice on how to change yoru settings (as I had stopped following but was still getting updates). I think I am sorted now but agree that it is something that needs to be looked at. Apart from being annoying it doesn't seem fair to other hubbers who are doing things fairly and putting the hard work in.
If you explore the filter setting on the feed, it's possible to turn off nearly any and all activity. Options tend to break down to seeing just things related to you and what you have done, things that relate to your followers, things that relate to topics you follow (often the annoying culprit) and things from anyone/anywhere.
Not following entire topics brought a blissful relevance to my feed page.
Can someone tell me why I get shares by people I do not follow and how to turn this off? My filters are set so I should be able to see only Hubs that answer my questions or by users I'm following.
We seem to all agree that people who abuse the share and spam our feeds just to self-promote are the users that we all Unfollow. Between unfollowing them and changes the filters on your feed, I think we have the control in the feed that we need.
To do something artificial such as an arbitrary limit on the number of times people can share seems unnecessary and penalizes the 'good' users of the feature.
I think people don't always notice or understand the filters.
What is the default setting for the filters? Perhaps that could be changed to include less rather than more?
For instance, I didn't realize that one of the options is to see posts by people who follow you (as distinct from people you follow). I fail to see the point of this - because if someone follows you and you want to know about what they do, you follow them back. That means they'll already appear in the stream. So if you have any followers you're not following, surely that means you don't want to know about their updates, so why is this option necessary?
There's no harm in it being there, but I suggest it should definitely be set to "off" as a default. I suspect a lot of the people having a problem have it set to "on" without knowing it.
Micki, can you tell us what the default setting for the activity stream is?
I had to unfollow the hubber that was doing this. It did get out of hand!
It is good to learn more abut the filters - it clears up why I still got updates from people that follow me, but that I don't follow etc. Off to update them!
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