I see that there are fake accounts that follow real users. What is their reason for doing so?
Not really an issue for me but some one recently followed me and I checked their account only to find them empty. Their activity was following similar empty profiles created recently which made my suspicion raised.
Addendum: This account in question: https://hubpages.com/@katiebl220
(Check their activity to see other similar empty accounts)
Either a spammer or a potential article thief (or both). Report them (I did).
Yo, Powers That Be, here's another one
No articles, but following 400+ people. "About" section of his/her/its profile is an advert offering "social media services" or some such jibba-jabba.
You've got to admit that the person is extremely efficient in following people. The number of follows per minute impresses me.
This one friended me as well … reported for review
This guy/gal/bot (whatever it may be) is now following 546 people. Still hasn't posted an article or made a forum post. Nah, that's not too fishy.
This guy is now following 1600+ users. Still no articles or forum posts.
Are the Powers That Be ignoring it, or are they gonna let 'em set some kind of "following" record first before banning him/her/it?
I've flagged him as a spammer - see the About on his profile. It's an advert.
Now following 1700+ users.
How many times we gotta flag this dude before the Powers That Be push the button on him??
Reaching 1800s when our guy started following my profile.
Our boy is now "following" over 2100 users. I've given up flagging his profile. He must have blackmail photos of the HP Powers That Be.
Btw, how did you report the user?
I can only see a Report button on hubs but not for users
What about an account with no articles, one forum post, only following 1 person ex: https://hubpages.com/@salvationzeal. Should I report my follower?
No. Unless you can identify their post as spam. They may have only joined in order to post. or to follow you.
They've already gone.
Thank you theraggededge for replying. I did not report. But I do have a history of repeat followers to monitor. Yikes.
Why worry about it? No need to monitor them. They cannot affect you and you don't have to approve their comments
But aside from my personality, HP FAQs also says that "Your followers may also be more likely to submit your article to social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, which could potentially send your traffic through the roof." So if I can, I would like to have a meaningful relationship with my followers so that the potential of sending my traffic to the roof increases...
I can't wait to see the roof.
Yep, and that Facebook traffic is very transient. Lovely, but over in the blink of an eye. Google is where it's at.
I also have a few of these but have not reported any. I guess I should as the scammers sure like to copy articles. It never stops.
I'm disappointed he hasn't followed me. He probably likes rutabagas. That must be the explanation.
Anti-Canadian? (Now there is not one you hear very often.)
Haters gonna hate, rutabagas gonna rutabate.
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