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HubPage Fans

Updated on May 02, 2011

Fast Fan Facts

Fans are your followers. Your subscribed audience.

They have deliberately clicked on a link in your profile or on one of your hubs that says "Join such-and-such's fan club". 'Such-and-such' being your username of course.

By doing this action they will have you in their Your Favorite Hubbers list.

You'll see them when you visit the HubPages homepage under 'Your Featured Favorites'.

And if you can also be emailed every time one of your favorite Hubbers publish a hub. This can be turned on or off in your Profile Settings page where it says "Notify me when my favorite authors publish a new hub?"

That's the facts.

From here on out I will be sharing personal opinion and experience. If you don't agree... you may express your own in the Comments section at the bottom of this module.

Is Being Fanned Important?

I am the fan of less than 20 Hubbers. I currently have the notifications of new published hubs switched off. But that's due to the rather large amount of hubs that is currently being produced because of the HubChallenge.

I have 500+ "fans". I say "fans" rather than fans, because the name makes me cringe, while I may write for readers, visitors or an audience, the very mention of "fans" makes me feel like I'm a pompous rockstar (the only thing that I find more irksome is when people use the word "guru" to describe themselves).

Despite the distaste I feel in my mouth when I say "fan" I do think it is important. I'm not going to get hung up on the concept that much that I can't get appreciate the fact that it is a powerful feature of HubPages.

As mentioned, whenever you publish a hub, your fans: who are subscribed, and who have notifications switched on, will get an email letting them know that you have just finished baking a fresh new hub.

Within an hour or two you'll see a sizeable jump in the traffic stats from virtually 0 (though it's probably already counted you as a visitor) to however many fans are feasting on your new offering. If you've got a Comments capsule, and if the subject lends itself to discussion, you should also see a few of those people leaving feedback. But don't expect 100% visitor participation.

Fan Spamming

Lets call it "famming" shall we.

Famming is the practice of joining as many fan clubs as they can for a few reasons:

  1. The more people they fan the more links there are back to their profile.
  2. In the hope that the person they have fanned will fan them back.
  3. That the person being fanned will be so delighted at getting a fan that they'll immediately look through all their hubs and give them all a thumbs up, leave a comment in each and every Comment capsule, will send the link to everyone in their email address book, and name their firstborn after them.

Okay, I went a little too far with that last scenario, but you know what I mean.

But does all this "Fan Whoring" actually get a person anywhere?

I don't really know. I have seen hints by HubPages staff that long famming runs can cause the fammer to be hit in the Author personal Hubber Score. In fact I think I've seen it happen to one prolific famming Hubber. It was evidenced in his hubtivity in his profile page, he was complaining bitterly about his sinking hubscore so I took a closer look at his activity... pages and pages of people who he had fanned.

Just to make it obviously clear, I don't like the practice of famming. And I'm not naive enough to think that all my fans are my fans because they love my work. I'd be surprised if 20% of my fans are geniune in their fandomship. My advice is to fan those who you truly admire. Whose work you honestly love to read. Of people with whom you have a lot of respect or a special connection.

Joining A Fan Club

There are no rules why you should fan another, its just personal preference.

When you join a fan club you have the opportunity to leave "fan mail". What you say is up to you. But you can't edit or delete that comment, so think about what you're going to say.

Leaving A Fan Club

People will leave your fan club for various reasons:

  1. You didn't fan them back. So they were obviously famming you.
  2. They've realised that they really not into what you're publishing.
  3. Their account has been deleted or banned. If a person is banned for breaking the site rules, they will automatically be removed from every fan club they've joined.
  4. They've been hit with an onslaught of email notifications and they didn't realise that they could turn it off.

When you leave a fan club you're not expected to justify your actions or give a reason.

How Can I Get More Fans?

People fan others for various reasons. Some because there is a connection between the writer and the reader. Sometimes because a person wants to garner as many fans as they possibly can and think the way to do it is to fan as many as they can en masse.

I am obviously unimpressed by the latter.

I feel that the best way to gather fans, is to write about the things you like. The things you know. The things you love. Because then real people will see that you're real and they'll want to read more. Or they'll do it as a means to bookmark you to find you when they're surfing the net aimlessly and they remember that there's someone who writes stuff that entertains them or educates them or informs them.

They're the people... dare I say it... I'm a fan of.

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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Great explanation of fans, fanning, famming, etc. One question. What the heck is that a picture of at the top?

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Darkside - I was asked earlier about 'fans'. I said I nailed them to my walls. That's where my Grandma kept hers.

      I joined a few fan clubs when I first arrived here. I assumed it was ettiquette. That's a Noob for you.

      I think this article should be pinned to the front page. If I'd have read this a few weeks ago I'd have known better.

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      Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

      Totally agree with you here, I only fan those where the hub topics are of real interest to me.

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      Andrew 7 years ago

      Interesting topic. I notice similar trends on Squidoo as well.

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      Raye 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm a fan of very few Hub authors, but you're one of them.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Battery operated fan I bet. LOL...ha ha....fan

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      Robin 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the info about turning off the emails! :)

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      @KCC, that is a little handheld fan. I used to have one when I was a kid. Until I dismantled it and made it into something else. The new 'invention' may have been a fan, I'm not sure.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Great hub on fans, fanning, joining, quiting, spamming. Seems as if you have covered all aspects of fans! I like your advice about only becoming a fan of someone you know you would like to read. I need to work harder on discernment, but there are so many I like! :D

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      dianacharles 7 years ago from India

      Yeah so many people here whose writing I like........what to do, what to do?

      So many hubs and so little time to read all of them...

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      Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Love it! I appreciate your telling it like it is. I about fell off my chair laughing at "Fan Whoring".

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      I do like receiving fan mail with new hubs from the fan clubs I've joined, but I've had to shut off the feature because of the ridiculous amount of emails. Random fan club joining is just an awful idea.

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      Lena Welch 7 years ago from USA

      I am curious - how does multiple fans lower your hubscore?

      I always love your quirky articles. Makes me giggles that fans have an article as deep as some of your history and science articles!

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      Lena Welch 7 years ago from USA

      Ok, another thought... just noticed the "learn more about hubpages" links at the bottom. Is that a standard link box that you installed or something more intriguing?

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      dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina

      "famming" - love it! Bet you have the google useless keyword rank for that one :-)

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      @lwelch, the box down there is something I made out of a Text Capsule. You can do bullet points in a Text Capsule.

      @dineane, famming for the win!

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      Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

      I only become a fan when I like someone's writing. Even so, my mailbox gets far too full. I've switched notifications off for the duration of the Hub Challenge, and I'm really tempted not to turn them on again, because it's been so nice!

      The sensible thing would be to drop out of some fan clubs - there are quite a few Hubbers whom I "fanned" when they started, but their later Hubs have never matched the promise. But it seems rude, somehow!

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      megs78 7 years ago from quebec

      omigod!!! AHHHHHHH (high-pitched girl voice screaming...) I JUST LOVE YOU! OMIGOD! THERE, THERE, LOOK...WALKING THIS WAY (pointing, more screaming, girls fainting), I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN DARKSIDE...I LOVE YOU!!!! (even more screaming)

      haha, just kidding, thanks for the giggle.

      Megs

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      Glen 7 years ago from Australia

      I get that a lot when I'm surfing the interwebs. :D

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      \Brenda Scully 7 years ago

      thanks so much for the information.......

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      Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Famming so annoying ...

      Man you have all the answers!

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      Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I just became a fan :) But really, I had thought I'd already fanned you because I do like your writing.

      I agree, some people will fan anyone and everytone. The ultimate was when I saw a one paragraph hub (he had two other one-paragraph hubs and nothing else) and someone who fanned him on his first hub said "love your hubs". I'm sure they say that on every single profile.

      I don't get it myself. I don't have the time to read everyones hub and still write...

      I appreciate fans but don't fan me just to fan me in the hope I'll fan you, because I won't :)

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Fan spamming might also be putting photos of mechanical fans on a hub about HubPages fans. ;)

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      ajparker 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Good article - I cringe a bit too over the "fan" idea as opposed to "follow this author", but.... for what it's worth I think I'm going to be a "fan" of yours.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      A very well-written and well-explained article.

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      Glenn Stok 7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Excellent article. I found your hub with a search because I just acquired a Fan who had also joined dozens of other Hubbers' Fan Clubs within the same day! I also saw that her Hubber Score was well under 50, most likely due to her gross mishandling of her Hubitivity. So I denied her. Reading your hub helped me justify my actions. Thanks.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Well, I do happen to agree, I like people to fan me because they like my articles, but I also like to make new friends. I have only removed one person (not on hubpages)due to inappropriate requests. If someone fans me, I usually take the time to read at least one of their hubs, you never know what jewel you may find. I do learn a little something from everyone. I also have to admit, I like the word fan, it makes me feel good.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I must say that initially I was keen on joining a number of people's fan clubs because I thought it was a good way to get to know what others were writing on the site. Then i turned off the email notification and went about writing what I liked. I still get fans, or followers as they are now known, but I only follow them back if I really like what I see.

      I keep meaning to unfollow a number of people I added initially, but just don't seem to have the time to get around to it.

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      BEAUTYBABE 7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      I fan people if I like their articles. I would never fan someone just for the sake of doing so. It would have been nice if this had been explained to us when we signed up. A lot of people see this as a sign of friendship rather than a way of getting ahead.

      For interest sake I don't make any money out of this at all. I just write and like meeting the other hubbers and learing new and exciting things from their hubs. I know now why I did not hear anything from you or some of the others.

      I still feel that people should know exactly what the deal is with regard to 'FANNING" It might be something HP'S could think about for future hubbers. BB

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Darkside,

      Thanks for a very informative hub. I do not hesitate to say that some of the points were unknown to me even after two years in the Hubpages.

      Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

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      lisabeaman 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Thanks for the information. It really is helpful. I'm pretty new here and still get a little excited when I gain a new follower... however, I've also felt a little cheated on when I've seen some of those same followers following dozens of others within the same short time period. *Sigh* I thought they liked my writing! But now I know that they are simply fan whores...

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thanks for all the great info. You have been extremely helpful in my hubpage journey. You keep it simple and share your truth. You read between the lines. Hugs darkside. Keep on brother.

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      Joel Durant 5 years ago from Canada

      A very informative hub!

      Follow spamming can take activity on your hubs from 0 to 100 over night. It lets people know you exist, although you do need to have quality to your hubs though.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      Great hub about fans. I've never heard of the term "famming" before. But, like you and many others, I don't like fan spamming. I think that people should fan or follow others because they really like reading that person's hubs.

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