In the end, it's just semantics, I think. I don't follow a prescribed anything or anyone unless I know it's going to be good for me. They can call it whatever they want, but in the end, it's about social interaction, support, sense of community and belonging. Just like my neighbors, they come and go, some stay a long time, and some I talk to frequently while others it's a rare occasion.
Follower or fan is not a good description of this type of interaction, but I suppose in this community which is both a hybrid of writer's community and social network site, "follower" or "fan" is about as close as we're gonna get. So you can say I follow, but I'll just prove I don't, really. But I don't mind interacting. Yet, the term "interactor" seems incredibly clumsy here, nor does the term "neighbor" work. "Friend" is perhaps the closest, but honestly, a cyber friend is a lot different than real-time, real-world friend.
They can call it what they want, I don't really care.
If all of us are going to have so many followers, may I suggest we all start our own religion. There seems to be justification for so many diverse beliefs in the religion forum.