Thank you for all the comments. We are reading them. We have some features that are going to be released soon that we thought it made more sense to use the term follow since there is more familiarity with the term follow on the web (with Twitter and Google Wave, for example) than fan.
We wanted one term that works for topics and people. As an example, we felt it was better to follow the topic bladder cancer than to be a fan of bladder cancer.
I am wondering if I should publish a new one or not. To my surprise what I have posted yesterday morning (India time),stayed on zeros in all columns. This is the first time I am seeing this ! Got worried. Kindly let me know. I am new just started 10 days ago !!. Thanks.
bladder cancer has one fan, the grave yard and I know too many people who joined it. Maybe I'll do a story on cancer next week..Hmm. In any case.. I do agree with you on the change from fan to follower. Smart !
1. to go or come after in the same direction he followed his friend home 2. (tr) to accompany; attend she followed her sister everywhere 3. to come after as a logical or natural consequence 4. (tr) to keep to the course or track of she followed the towpath 5. (tr) to act in accordance with; obey to follow instructions 6. (tr) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc.) he followed Donne in most of his teachings 7. to understand (an explanation, argument, etc.) the lesson was difficult to follow 8. to watch closely or continuously she followed his progress carefully 9. (tr) to have a keen interest in to follow athletics 10. (tr) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership of the men who followed Napoleon 11. (tr) Rare to earn a living at or in to follow the Navy follow suit Cards a. (Group Games / Card Games) to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it b. to do the same as someone else n (Group Games / Billiards & Snooker) Billiards Snooker a. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball b. a shot made in this way See also follow-on, follow out, follow through, follow up [Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn] followable adj
Although "followers" does makes sense in general, it also presents problems for the writers and readers of hubs on "religion". As a few other hubbers have inferred in this thread, would it be too complicated, confusing or difficult to use "fan" for people and "follower" for topics?
Whats the big deal we are now following a person or topic instead of fanning a person or topic. It's really just a word. Do you guys really give a flying fig if you're following or fanning? The scalp hunters are going to be able to demand you follow them just as much as they can demand that you fan them...will it really make a difference which?
Mind you the silver lining here could be that while the discussions of that little change of term was happening few people fought and argued in any of the forum sites.
Hubteam a big 's up for the continuously new and improved site (Jason how about a hint of what coming next?)
Changing "fan" to "follower" is the best thing that ever happened at HubPages. This bickering needs to stop! Quit wasting your time in this forum and go become my follower, for we must escape this tyranny today!
Zsuzsy Bee was almost right in his comment above, saying "It's really just a word", because your words do not matter, only mine do. So pack your bags, we are moving to Guyana!
I am starting a cult, anyone want to follow me? didnt some guy do a documentry on this? he sent out flyers asking people to join but he didnt tell anyone what it was about and still got lots of replies
I totally agree with you, there is a certain dignity to the word follower, that the word fan does not have. Unfortunately, the word fan has been associated with movies about sick, deranged weirdos, who are obsessive about the person, they admire and even stalk them. So I think it's a good change.