Excessive following will knock your profile score down to 1

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  1. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Just an fyi for someone I noticed (and who will remain nameless). And for any other newer folks who didn't know. smile

    1. Cardisa profile image92
      Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for posting this. I personally don't have a problem following people but I do have a penchant for stalking very good forums posts.

      Seriously, I also want to mention that spamming comments with your hub links is a very easy way to get that score to 1 as well. A hubber who shall remain nameless, very nice person but his MO seems to be leaving his links all over the place used to be in his 90s when I joined HP in 2011, is now a very prominent 1

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That is indeed a very tacky thing to do. I wonder if redemption is possible in such a case.

        1. Cardisa profile image92
          Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I suppose if they behave themselves and be normal hubbers they may get back on track. big_smile

          Another thing I also noticed is that following too many people with very low hubscores seem to lower your score as well. Polite following tends to do that too.

          1. Violet Flame profile image79
            Violet Flameposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I hope I am "normal" enough, if a touch on a underproductive side, lol. Do you mean "polite following" can lower your score? Does that mean when you follow someone back after they follow you?
            The only thing that gets me a little is the ones that follow you and left you a fan mail that clearly shows they haven't read anything you wrote and probably don't plan to, lol

            1. Cardisa profile image92
              Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, that's what I mean. Do a test......unfollow people you don't read, wait a day  and see what happens to your score. When my score fell to the lower 80s for no reason, I followed the advise of someone and unfollowed a few people including people with very low scores and inactive hubbers, my score went t 97 in 24 hours, a jump of about 12 points. It has stayed in the mid to upper 90s since.

              1. Violet Flame profile image79
                Violet Flameposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks for the tips Cardisa xoxo I will see to it right now! :-D

                1. Cardisa profile image92
                  Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Your score is great, you shouldn't be worried about yours...lol

                  1. Violet Flame profile image79
                    Violet Flameposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    ha ha as far as I know, the score goes up and down like it has a mind of its own :-D

    2. rfmoran profile image87
      rfmoranposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Excessive following can also get you suspended from twitter.

      1. galleryofgrace profile image80
        galleryofgraceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That's unreal. I get an email everyday from Twitter with at least 5 recommendations of people i should follow, with a follow button on each one.

        1. galleryofgrace profile image80
          galleryofgraceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Some of those that were recommended were following over 40 thousand so there's no danger for me anytime soon!

          1. rfmoran profile image87
            rfmoranposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, Twitter wants you to follow people but if you use one of those auto group follow services and get hundreds a day you can and will get suspended. A few a day is no problem at all.

    3. Knightmare Golem profile image94
      Knightmare Golemposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm expanding pretty much like a turtle in that regard... so I don't think I'll be in danger of this myself smile

    4. Louise Lately profile image67
      Louise Latelyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow I had no idea about that - not that I would follow an excessive amount of people, it's not my style. Thx for sharing!

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 years ago

    Thanx for the tip...Sometimes it pays to be anti-social. big_smile

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile

      HP doesn't get perturbed with frequent follows I think. But when someone blasts away with over 20 of them in 5 minutes, HP becomes very unhappy. lol

      1. fpherj48 profile image78
        fpherj48posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        As well HP should, in those cases.  It pretty obvious they're not following for the appropriate reasons.

  3. ologsinquito profile image89
    ologsinquitoposted 5 years ago

    This is good for the new people to know. I wouldn't have known unless someone else had pointed it out. One hubber did write a very fun article about how his score dropped to 1 because of this. But, fortunately, he seems to be back in the 90s now.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I also know of someone who made it back. HP believes in redemption. big_smile

  4. ologsinquito profile image89
    ologsinquitoposted 5 years ago

    I wonder if it's the same person smile

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Mine was a she. Long time ago. Alas, don't even remember her name anymore.

      1. safiq ali patel profile image71
        safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        well what is excessive following. I don't think we're supposed to be on hub pages and not follow anyone. I try to read at least one hub before I follow someone. And I also these days try and follow people who have read my hubs or answered my questions.
        And if I like what a hubber has written in forums or questions i look at their profile and follow them too.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image88
          paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          As far as I know, HP is fine with that. In fact, I just did some of that. smile

          This is what can perturb HP:

  5. Relationshipc profile image87
    Relationshipcposted 5 years ago

    Yeah, I think it really just boils down to common sense. It's weird to me that the people who use things like HubPages improperly think that they are going to succeed.

    "Yep, if I just follow 500 people today, I will get 500 followers."

    I think people who do this type of thing don't have a good sense of what spam is all about, or more likely, they just don't care.

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image96
      Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've been followed by a few that were following thousands of people within a week of being on HubPages. They were obviously not reading that many hubs, just following to get followers. I never re-follow people who do that.

  6. ologsinquito profile image89
    ologsinquitoposted 5 years ago

    I think most of the time it's probably done innocently, by people trying to be friendly. They have no idea they can their profile score, which is why it's a good idea for someone more experienced to post a warning. Otherwise, how would anyone know?

  7. sparkleyfinger profile image92
    sparkleyfingerposted 5 years ago

    This does my nut in! I only follow people who's hubs I am interested in. I saw someone who had joined 24 hours ago, no hubs, and following 246 people!?! Also, the people who ask a billion stupid questions in a bid to be noticed make me mad!!! Lol rant over! smile

 
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