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Now We're FOLLOWERS? You've GOT To Be Kidding!!!!

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    Gee, thanks admin.

    Yup, that's sarcasm.  I don't mind being another Hubber's fan--not a bit.  Fan a lot of folks and try to keep an eye on a fair smidgen of what they produce, too.

    But FOLLOWER?   I AIN'T NOBODY'S FOLLOWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now HubPages turned into Twitter Turbo?  Or just a bunch of twits?

    Sheesh.

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I know how you feel. 'Fans' was so much better. 'Fans' is so much better.

      You follow Jesus. You follow Ghandi or M.L.K. You don't follow someone you've read one article of and think it's 'ok' but won't really keep up with their stuff in the future.

      We are individuals - not sheep.

    2. ragnaworks profile image59
      ragnaworksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, "fan" was/is a much better term than "follower". Being a fan of someone is simply appreciating them and their work. Being a follower of someone implies some sort of spiritual/emotional bond. I think thanks to this new development, there will be a lot less of what used to be "fanning" going on.

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        Ghost32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Exactly.

  2. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 8 years ago

    It doesn't bother me. You follow someone's work.

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      Ghost32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm....  Actually, I don't.  If he or she is a writer whose work I admire, I READ it, maybe ABSORB it...LEARN from it...certainly APPRECIATE it, sometimes express that appreciation with a comment.  But follow? 

      Nope.

      1. 2uesday profile image84
        2uesdayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

         
        I have to agree with what Ghost32 has said here in the quote.

    2. Lisa HW profile image78
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Same here.  I always thought "fan" was a little strong a word.  I like "follower".  It's used when people say something like, "I follow his weekly column," all the time.  (People on HubPages have had too much exposure to that religious forum for too long.   lol )

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol lol

      2. ragnaworks profile image59
        ragnaworksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          "Follower" is a much stronger term than "fan" actually.

        1. Lisa HW profile image78
          Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          ragnaworks, to you it may be.  To me, "follower" is not as strong as "fan".   Actually, on another thread about the fan/follower thing, someone mentioned, "subscriber".  I like that one best.  smile

          1. ragnaworks profile image59
            ragnaworksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              While we may disagree on the fan/follower issue, I do agree with you that "subscriber" would be a better term than either of those.

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    Scott.Lifeposted 8 years ago

    That's right, line up minions and express your adulation and love. Thinking about de-fanning everyone. There's not room enough in my head for any one but my own ego.

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Don't you mean de-following people. lol

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        Scott.Lifeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Indeed, lead follow or get out of the way RAAARRGGHH!!

    2. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol

  4. Ivorwen profile image75
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    If I follow you and you follow me, then we will go in circles!  lol  But if I follow you and you don't follow me, does that make me a stocker?  smile

  5. habee profile image96
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Okay - I thought I was imagining that we used to be "fans." I have a fever, so perhaps I'm still hallucinating...

    1. Paradise7 profile image84
      Paradise7posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      HA!  Love your sense of humour, habee!!!

      I noticed that, too, and thought it was kinda weird to change from "fans" to "followers. Excuse me, gotta go--gotta get out my orange robe and go to the airport!

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    See, Habee?  With a fever, you could USE a fan!  What good is a mere follower when you're overheated?  lol

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    lorlie6posted 8 years ago

    I KNOW-I thought the guy who left me mail today was a stalker.  lol  Followers?  I agree, Ghost, it is sort of creepy.

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    dohn121posted 8 years ago

    Hmmm...If we all follow each other, won't we just go in circles? lol

    1. lorlie6 profile image82
      lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    Plus there are all those chances of rear end collisions....lol

    Okay, y'all got me laughing at the idiocy instead of cussing at it in futile, impotent rage.  That's GOT to be a good thing, right?  big_smile

    1. lorlie6 profile image82
      lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kind of like road rage?

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    Oops.  Thought about it for too long.  Got mad all over again....

    Where's the UnaBomber when ya need 'im?  Oh...that's right...we executed him after dragging him out of the woods a mer 50 miles or so from where I grew up....

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    ngurecoposted 8 years ago

    It’s working very well at Twitter. That's got to be a good thing, and it’s got to work here, right?

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      Ghost32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That ("following") is why the only time I spend at Twitter is to "tweet" a new Hub.  It certainly does NOT have to be a "good thing" because it "works" at Twitter...but mayhap thy posting was facetious?  lol

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    I'm with Ghost32 on this one. Feel like I'm getting ready to drink some Kool-Aid. And I really hate it when all of these sites start to sound like each other. Next thing we'll be "Friending" each other.

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    RedElfposted 8 years ago

    Interesting - I feel that "fan" is the stronger word if you remove the religious connotation from follow wink

    I feel it makes us look a bit like twitter or facebook, and reminds me very much of blog-speak. Actually I was reading a new hubber today who kept calling her articles "blogs" instead of hubs.

    On the one hand, it's nice to be more consistent with other online-speak, but on the other, I should hate to loose too much of what makes Hub Pages unique.

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    Leta Sposted 8 years ago

    I just checked in, noticed the 'following,' and thought it was rather goofy.  Yeah, it's not Twitter--and we are not 'following,' either--on Twitter that's supposed to be micro-reports of what you are doing from time to time.  I write and publish articles and photographs here.  A totally different thing.

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lita, goofy is perfect. That's the feeling I had, but couldn't express.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    Perhaps we could just be Readers. Like "I read that column every morning." That's it, whatever HP decides to call me, in my own mind, I'm a reader.

    I have never been a follower in my life.

    1. Jane@CM profile image60
      Jane@CMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thats it, something about "follower" really bugged me and you hit it "I have never been a follower in my life." and the same goes for me.  I don't follow people around.

      Three threads on this and no admin. input.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 8 years ago

    There's another topic about this in the Hubbers' Hangout. Someone suggested that we be Subscribers. I kind of like that.

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      Ghost32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Subscriber...yeah, I could live with that.

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    zampanoposted 8 years ago

    I feel rather uneasy with this "follower" thing.
    as if each one of us had herds to keep.
    I mean how are you going to feed them every day ?
    smile
    Some of you would be in trouble with more than 200 heads.
    Hub pasture ?

  18. Jeffrey Neal profile image77
    Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years ago

    I like subscriber.  Follower does sound weird to me.  I use twitter, but I don't see HubPages as the same, and the terminology is off.  I publish hubs, not "twubs"! lol

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image77
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I vote for "subscriber" as well.  It does what it says on the tin; you subscribe to someone's work (i.e. new hubs), and not to them as a person.  The "fan"/"follower" terminology implies more than just liking someone's writing and as such it makes me really uncomfortable, particularly when people do it to you in the hope you'll do it back to them.  I suppose that makes me a bit of a dinosaur in Internet terms, but still.

      1. Pearldiver profile image83
        Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Interesting statement from the TarPits lol

        1. EmpressFelicity profile image77
          EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          lol Yeah, but you know what I'm saying here, don't you?  The Internet didn't used to be like this, with fans and friends and followers and what have you.  It was just random people on newsgroups and forums.  Much better, if you ask me.  I blame that Facebook, myself.

  19. Pearldiver profile image83
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    Well personally I don't mind Leading for others to 'follow'... But I'm the sort of writer that will lead them all over place, if they 'follow' or stalk me! yikes

    Fan is by far more appropriate to appreciating someone's work.

    Clearly, to accomodate 'followers' I will have to be less open in my writing... hmm
    Or Put On My Profile: 'Don't Follow me; I'm Lost!' hmm

    Heaven help anyone who is really paranoid... HP can send out new follower notifications - accompanied by that song by BeatFreakz: "I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me." lol

    Would have been Nice to have voted on the change HP. hmm

  20. N. Ramius profile image68
    N. Ramiusposted 8 years ago

    I doubt it but maybe the number of blanket Fan, now Follower requests will diminish or increase.

  21. 2patricias profile image60
    2patriciasposted 8 years ago

    In the Victorian era, kitchen helpers and ladies' maids were often forbidden by their employers to have 'followers'.
    There was a fear that a follower might hang around the servants' entrance and chat with the maid on her way to the shops, or distract her while scrubbing the front steps.

    I imagine we might open the front door to find a little group of people hanging around.  What will the neighbours think???

  22. tim-tim profile image76
    tim-timposted 8 years ago

    I thought I was seeing things. I don't like the sound of followers! What is wrong with fans?????

  23. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years ago

    Woke up this morning to find all my fans...had become Followers...?  Sounds Like an ol' Bumper Sticker that defines Houston traffic:

    "Lead, Follow...or get the H _ ll...out'a the way!"

    Follower's is different...I kind'a like it...Kind'a sounds creepy. "Fans" was an awkward term...so that's OK for it to hit the trail...Bye, Bye...But Followers...HHHHMMMM? How about a reference to Hubs...in future changes...We could all be "Spokes" or something...or "Axles"...or "Bearings"...? Hey...I like "Axle"! Axle helps support the wheel...and drive it.
    No charge...HP...if you use the term "Axle"...! Courtesy of MPM.

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    Justine76posted 8 years ago

    I dont particularly like the idea of being "followed" or a "follower" but I suppose in the end, what you call it, doesn't matter. I enjoy the work of several hubbers, and no amount of terminology or vocabulary is going to change that. Also, when you go to someone's profle, you see a funny message that says.."stop folowing so and so.." and that akes me laugh for some reason.

    The thing that actaully bothers me is, someone mentioned that you now have an option to transfer followers? whats that all about?

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hi just,
      transfer followers like in an instant all of them or batch by batch, hmmm

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        Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        i dunno
        i dont want to be transfered. hopefully i just missunderstood the post. i havent found the option..

  25. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 8 years ago

    I just noticed this change, too. Has it got something to do with wanting to be more like Twitter?

  26. tantrum profile image59
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    FOLLOW ME  !!
    lol

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      bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Can I just join you instead?

      1. tantrum profile image59
        tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Where & When ? big_smile

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          bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          For you, anywhere and anytime!

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    bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

    Don't followers join cults and drink Cool-Aide?

  28. 2uesday profile image84
    2uesdayposted 8 years ago

    I thought this was odd when I first saw it in my profile and I had to read it twice.  Instead of saying I had a new fan, it said I was now being followed by ...... with some of the names people use that could sound really odd.


    Blogs have followers do n't they? Although that sounds more like they are following the blog than the person. Even fan was not a word I was comfortable with but this is worse; Readers would be one I was comfortable with. Followers does sound religious does n't it?

    Did not see the transfer thing will have to check that out. Is there a fee involved in a transfer like with football players?

  29. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 8 years ago

    Yeah, followers join cults. But fan is really just short for fanatic and also implies cult following.

  30. Healthyminds profile image60
    Healthymindsposted 8 years ago

    I really like subscribers...fans was okay...but followers sounds too twitter!

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    bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

    I would much rather have someone be a fan of my work, rather than be a follower.  Honestly, if people learn by example, then no one should be following anything I do!

  32. Beth100 profile image75
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    "Following"  ... sounds like we're stalking each other.  I don't like this terminology at all.  There's another thread from last night on this subject.  Seems there's a consensus on this -- majority of hubbers do not like this term.  How about a different term if we can't go back to "fan"?

  33. tantrum profile image59
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    stalkers

  34. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 8 years ago

    Why can't we go back to fan?

  35. Daniel Carter profile image79
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    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.
    lol

    1. barryrutherford profile image75
      barryrutherfordposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If is just semantics them why change it  ?

  36. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

    I haven't read anything about transfers, nor do I see it as an option.  Must be a rumor???

    We'll we can break out in song John Denver fashion "Follow me where I go what I do and who I know...."

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      phew
      it came up on another thread
      i feel better  smile

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    bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

    Don't change it now!  I've just found a huge ranch in Texas that will make a great compound for me and all of my followers!

    1. Daniel Carter profile image79
      Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      May light the first match? I'll let you return the favor!
      lol

    2. Jane@CM profile image60
      Jane@CMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Hub Ranch lol

  38. Tom Cornett profile image78
    Tom Cornettposted 8 years ago

    Followers is better than....Homeys.....Worshipers....Acquaintances...My Dudes....My Dudetts...Good Buddies....Buds....Suck Ups...Cha Chings...etc.  smile

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      peeps
      lol

      1. Daniel Carter profile image79
        Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, if it's based on Twitter, then I vote "twits."

        1. Tom Cornett profile image78
          Tom Cornettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Hey...I have two twits!  smile  I like Twits!  smile

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            Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            youtube, facebook, and twitter are joining to form one big site
            you twitface....  smile

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              bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Twitface or Twatface?

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                Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                lol

  39. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 8 years ago

    The followers don't start the conflagrations. The Feds do.

  40. 2uesday profile image84
    2uesdayposted 8 years ago

    It still says this on my profile page - 

    Invite people to join your Fan Club:   will this be changed to-

      Invite people to be your follower?

    or Invite people to follow you?

    or Invite people to join your followers club?

    All of them sound a bit 'clumsy' to me.

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    bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

    You thought there was drama on the religous threads before.  Just wait until they start fighting about who has more 'Followers'...

  42. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image93
    BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 8 years ago

    Just logged on and saw followers. First thought "WTF?!" Then I started giggling about how close it was to twitter and my second thought was "Oh, bloodnlatex isn't going to like that..." LMAO!!!

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      bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm flattered that you thought of me...Even if it was just to laugh...

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        BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        wink

  43. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years ago

    U2 Lyrics - "I Will Follow"

    I will Follow...

    I was on the outside when you said
    You said you needed me
    I was looking at myself
    I was blind, I could not see

    A boy tries hard to be a man
    His mother takes him by his hand
    If he stops to think he starts to cry
    Oh why

    If you walkaway, walkaway
    I walkaway, walkaway...I will follow

    If you walkaway, walkaway
    I walkaway, walkaway...I will follow

    I was on the inside
    When they pulled the four walls down
    I was looking through the window
    I was lost, I am found

    Walkaway, walkaway
    I walkaway, walkaway...I will follow
    If you walkaway, walkaway,
    I walkaway, walkaway...I will follow
    I will follow
    Your eyes make a circle
    I see you when I go in there
    Your eyes, your eyes...

    If you walkaway, walkaway
    I walkaway, walkaway..I will follow

    If you walkaway, walkaway
    I walkaway, walkaway...I will follow

    I will follow
    I will follow...


    first time played live: 1980-05-31: Polytechnic, Manchester, England
    last time played live: 2006-12-09: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

    From this link: http://www.macphisto.net/u2lyrics/I_Will_Follow.html

  44. XTASIS profile image57
    XTASISposted 8 years ago

    Hey manly !!! Hey friend !! smile

    1. manlypoetryman profile image77
      manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi XTASIS...Hi Fellow Follower...Who I Fanned...But Now Follow!

  45. tantrum profile image59
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    lol

  46. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years ago

    I just re-checked some one on here to make sure I had fanned them (now called follower)...and it said on their profile "Quit following such-and-such"...Ok here's where I ROFLMAO...lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol!!!

    1. tantrum profile image59
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol lol lol

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      me too
      i hated it, but then read that earlier and decided we should keep it. i thought it was just me that found that funny

      1. manlypoetryman profile image77
        manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Oh...it's funny...it should almost be like a big sign at that bottom of everyone's profile that flashes if your following too close! lol

        1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
          prettydarkhorseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          hi manly,

          hi everyone

          1. manlypoetryman profile image77
            manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Hi PDH...(From one of your followers lol!)lol
            Don't look now...but your being "followed" lol...This might get a whole lot of mileage...before I give up "following" this train of thinking...I will "follow" it to it's conclusion...Does anyone else care to "follow" along?

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              Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              go on....i follow

              OH CRAP  now that word got said too many times and its lost all meaning....its just wierd now..

              1. manlypoetryman profile image77
                manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                It was already "weird"...we're just letting it "follow" it's intended path...Which...makes me wonder...if we are all "following"...Who's doing the leadin'?

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                  bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  You beat me to it by 6 seconds!

                  1. manlypoetryman profile image77
                    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    http://www.stoogeworld.com/_Biographies/Curlyport.jpg

                    "Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!"

  47. Siotosh profile image60
    Siotoshposted 8 years ago

    Followers is the right word, fans is for pop stars and such like.
    I should have fans: The late John Peel was a fan, he loved my intro, the music of my heart is roots music. I don't mine following what others are writing <snipped - no links please>

  48. tantrum profile image59
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    I'm following, even I don't know where we're going ! lol

    1. manlypoetryman profile image77
      manlypoetrymanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I can't stop now...I'm too busy following!

  49. caravalhophoto profile image59
    caravalhophotoposted 8 years ago

    It sounds to "Jim Jones" cultish to me...I prefer having fans rather than followers.

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    bloodnlatexposted 8 years ago

    If we are all mere followers, then who's leading this ring of stupidity?

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      im lost.....

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        bloodnlatexposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        My point exactly, we've all been reduced to mindless zombies wandering aimlessly trying to follow hundreds of other zombies.  I'm just interested in following who ever is headed for the bar!

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          Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          that would be me. you had to ask? smile

 
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