Is someone "following" you?

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  1. J Sunhawk profile image71
    J Sunhawkposted 8 years ago

    I've managed to pick up a few hubbers "following" me.

    What's the proper response?

    Send a thank you e-mail?

    "Follow" them in return?

    Ignore it?

    Just trying to figure out hub etiquette...

  2. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    Welcome to HP!

    You will gain fans, er, followers, when one likes what they read.  You can visit their profile and read a few of their hubs.  Leave a comment or two and then decide if you like what you read or not.  If you like what you read, then it's always a good idea to follow.  If you do, you can receive notices in your email informing you that they have written new hubs which you can read.

    If you don't like what you read, then you don't have to follow.  No one will take offense.  smile

    The choice is yours -- it's always at the touch of a button!

    1. profile image0
      china manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes - welcome to HP.

      I agree with Beth, I get notification be email, if the person leaves me mail or comments on my hubs I respond by reading theirs, if they don't I look at their profile and decide if I DON'T want to follow, if it a 'professionl' follow with no comment and the writer is not an obnoxious git then I follow them in return smile  Hope this helps.

    2. J Sunhawk profile image71
      J Sunhawkposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the reply, all. The Hub community is always helpful, and it's always interesting to discover the various nuances that make this community work.

  3. Ultimate Hubber profile image63
    Ultimate Hubberposted 8 years ago

    I did follow a few of my followers back. Only the ones I liked.

  4. Mikeydoes profile image75
    Mikeydoesposted 8 years ago

    It is completely up to you.

    You notice when you follow people, some people follow back and some people don't no one gets upset(that I know of).

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Some do, there was a thread a bit back where someone wanted to make sure that people he follows followed him and commented on his hubs or he was going to drop them.

  5. Lily Rose profile image86
    Lily Roseposted 8 years ago

    Why do people follow someone just to "return the favor"?  I just don't get it!  When I receive notification that someone is following me, I usually do check out their profile and if I see an interesting hub or two I'll read them and comment if appropriate, but I'll only follow someone if I truly think I'll enjoy reading their hubs and have the time to do so (isn't that the point?).  My time is very limited and I just can't be reading hubs all day, yet I do enjoy getting notofications when someone I'm following publishes something new.

    Perhaps those that follow hundreds of hubbers don't get the notifications...

  6. Jeff Berndt profile image90
    Jeff Berndtposted 8 years ago

    Welcome, indeed!

    A quick note to thank the person who's following you is always nice, but not required. If someone sends you fan mail, a reply is also nice, but not required.

    You're never required or expected (or at least shouldn't be expected) to follow someone merely because they're following you. IMO, the only good reason to follow someone is that you genuinely enjoy their writing.

    Just be nice to people and you ought to be fine. smile

  7. SteveoMc profile image74
    SteveoMcposted 8 years ago

    I suppose that following someone is a bit of a complement.  I like to have followers, have no problem with people that do not follow, and I have no problem un-following someone that I change my mind about.

    I sometimes follow someone when I like their profile.  When I get my notification of new hubs from those I follow, I can quickly see if there is anything I like.   I read only a few of the hubs, but love getting the long list.   

    The list always reminds me of someone I liked at one time and then I can visit them again.   

    As far as I am concerned, you should follow anyone you want to for any reason you want to.  You can always change your mind, or you might get to know someone you otherwise would not. 

    To follow or not to follow is not really the question, it is more like a whim.   Glad we have it.


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