? guess they're tweaking in the Web"meister" shop The elves are at work before the end of the holidays. We're no longer FANatics of each others writings but Followers like a cult of Publishing Wizards.
I didn't really like the idea of "fans" as a term, but "followers" is even scarier, particularly given the prevailing topics in the forums. What's wrong with something more accurate, like "readers" for example?
Hadn't spotted this thread and had just noticed the change--so started a VERY angry thread myself. Love the idea about as much as love the prospect of being forced to buy health insurance or get fined or go to jail.
Instead of fans or followers, how about . "people who never read your hubs and don't really give a toss what you write about, but only joined your fan club in the hope that you would join theirs and that they would then get a higher hubber score" . . .or is that a bit too long do you think?
Well I was not aware of it. In fact I though they really read my hubs and they are my fan because they liked it. Going by your conclusion they should be just called as "visitors". They don't deserve a fancy word. As long as you have been a hub member, did you join any fan clubs
Click on "My Account" Then in the column INTERACTION, click on FAN MAIL Then scroll to the very end of all of your fans (sorry "followers") Then right at the bottom there is a very, very small button. Click on this and you have the option or transfer your followers . . .
I think the words are a bit taken out of context here. Fans, followers, whatever they are called, are the people who follow our writing - not us. Personally, I don't like fan so much because for me it means that I identify with the person, while actually it is more likely that all I want is follow their hubs.
Yes, but aren't hubs also a reflection of the authors' personality? Like I would never follow someone who concentrates exclusively on selling products as I am not interested in reading catalogues. It's like sitting at the kitchen table over a coffee and picking up a magazine that someone left behind because there is nothing else to read. Or even worse, reading the back of a cornflakes packet. So followers is OK but I agree with Rayalternately that "readers" would be better.
Sue, I like what you said about the cornflake packet. I would never follow that kind of writer, but I might be a fan, if I admire how they use this medium to espouse a cause or make money. I would learn from them. But I don't think I'd follow them.
Well at least I won't have to have anyone tell me they 'FANNED' me anymore and please fan me back.. I pictue sitting in roman chair being fed grapes and being fanned by cute ladies when they say that. Maybe jusy add the word Hub before Fan or Follower, to Read HUBFan or HUBfollower !
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The recent change in phraseology made me wonder if the phrase followers makes anyone uncomfortable. Kinda feels like you're signing up for church or some cult group. Kinda liked Fans better it's a more secular phrase. What do you all think?
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