As you all know, today's HOD is : "Celebrating Book Lovers Day". When I look at this hub from (the right-hand side of my) 'News Feed' - it says that '308' people are 'following' this hub.
But when I go to the actual hub - it says that only '10' people are following it. The hub contains total 12 comments so far.
Is that a system error?
The hub in question did not say 305 followers.
After the photo is the title, then the name of the hubber to the left, and on the right is the same green follow button that every profile page on HP has. On the button it says "Follow 305" the way it would on all profiles.
That green button has always represented the followers of hubbers and has never represented the followers of a hub. So I am curious how many people actually misunderstand that particular feature as it represents on HOTD.
"That green button has always represented the followers of hubbers and has never represented the followers of a hub."
~ Seems like you've become quite conditioned to it.
I don't think I was "conditioned" to anything (sounds too much like brainwash).
'Conditioning' (from Dictionary): "A learning process in which a person's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in his/her environment."
It never ceases to amaze me; the things that ppl choose to make issues of.
There are so many things in life that really matter, I can't imagine this is one of them.
But I guess we're all different.
Very cerebral thread, GS. You make some good points.
Cardisa is a serious pro and has been writing on HP and elsewhere for many, many years.
And lastly, my dictionary has " the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest" as the number one meaning for conditioning.
Maybe HP should consider removing that Button or making it more definable. I think that maybe a lot of people are mistaking it for "follow this hub" link rather than the purpose it was intended.
Your most welcome, Carol Lee. Sometimes I forget what a learning process HP was in the beginning. GS brought up a good topic and perhaps a change could be made without too much trouble from an engineering aspect?
I hope a moderator is following this thread. He has brought up a good point. In any case a follow button is never needed for the feed page. I am sure HP would not like to encourage arbitrary following (something they have discouraged before), nor would it be productive to follow a hub you haven't read; so then the follow button serves no read purpose there.
If HP wishes to show how many followers a hubber has they could use a similar feature like the Topics pages, where it shows in brackets beside the hubber's name the amount pf followers.
The '305' refers to the number of followers for the author.
It's a very misleading way to 'advertise' a hub. It seems as if 305 people are 'following' that hub. It never attracted my attention, mostly because I do not take the HOD feature too seriously. My eye just went there today, and after spending a few seconds of 'conscious' attention, I was surprised to find that the actual hub contains 12 comments and are followed by only 10 people.
The 'error' is a serious distortion of the reality of that hub's popularity.
(That number was '308' just a while ago.)
The number possibly decreased after a few people thought they were clicking to follow the hub and it went to her profile page.
To be honest, I'd never taken any notice of that number as it appears on my feed, but now you mention it, I see how it could easily be misunderstood. It could pertain to followers of the hub or the hubber.
The other point is this and maybe its a matter of me being brainwashed...lol
In order to follow a hub you must first have had some activity on the hub, by clicking the vote buttons or commenting. Hubpages does not have a feature for you to follow a hub you haven't yet read, so it would be counterproductive for HP to have the "follow this hub" button on the feed page. This would not encourage people to actually read the HOTD. Just saying.........
That's very true, but wouldn't it be senseless to follow a hubber whose profile you've never seen and whose hubs you've never read? Should you follow a hubber just because one of their hubs was selected HOTD? I'd think the button is there to indicate popularity, but what if the hubber has only a few followers? So, I wonder why the button is there.
I'd never actually noticed it before, but I don't take much notice of the HOTD feature, anyway.
I think what's strange about having it there is that we're encouraged to follow fellow hubbers discriminately.
I too never took it very seriously. But the 'numbers' have always kind of attracted my eyes. "306 followers" - now that's something always worthwhile to check out.
Yes, that number indicates popularity. But what if it were a newish hubber with only a few followers? What good would the number do then?
In that case, that button would simply 'encourage' us to visit the 'Hub of the Day'. It's better to have some 'numbers' than no number at all. Do you understand what is meant by that?
I agree with that Jayne. It is senseless to follow hubbers without actually having read their hubs.
by Mary Hyatt 6 years ago
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.
by Dinesh 3 years ago
When you have so much followers and if a new people follow you on hubpages, would you like to follow him or just ignore him due to your too much publicity on hubpages?
by Cat 5 years ago
...Feel like you've been stripped of your clothes and thrown into the middle of a busy intersection?
by Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago
I noticed today that the "follow this hubber" option has been removed from the site. How am I supposed to follow anyone now? More importantly, how am I to get new followers?I have not noticed any announcement about it. Please restore it to how it was.
by maddot 2 months ago
How does a hubber get thousands of followers?I've noticed that some hubbers have thousands of followers and I have to say that I fail to see the the attraction to some. Sure, there are some hubbers who write well, have done the research and know their topic, but others..well I just...
by Elsie Nelson 6 years ago
I guess I really pi**ed off a lot of people in the past five minutes or there is a glitch? What's the dealio?
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