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People are following me...

  1. Syrusv37 profile image91
    Syrusv37posted 7 years ago

    Ok so four people so far are "following" me and I would like to know what exactly that means. Are they just keeping track if I write new hubs or is it something more? I'm not sure why they are following me either, I just logged in one day and saw them there.

    1. saleheensblog profile image59
      saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol
      they will hack your bank account, rob your home and kill you.mad

      Just kidding. They will be notified when you publish new hubs. If they are not spam follower it means they like your hub and want to read more from you.

      1. shazwellyn profile image43
        shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        providing you hit the share button after you have published (I think, that is how it works??) and click 'followers' hmm

        1. saleheensblog profile image59
          saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          thanks for the addition wink you are very helpful smile

        2. SmartAndFun profile image97
          SmartAndFunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Bummer. I thought my followers were automatically notified of my new hubs. I have published several in the last few days. Is it too late to "share" that fact with my followers? Sorry to be asking dumb questions it seems that everyone else knows!

          1. saleheensblog profile image59
            saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            you can share anytime and you can share more than once as well though sharing again and again is not a good idea.

            1. shazwellyn profile image43
              shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              It is good if you have updated your hub!

              1. saleheensblog profile image59
                saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                yes smile

                Also, I would like to share again after getting every 100/200 additional followers.

              2. Lisa HW profile image78
                Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I should probably be embarrassed to ask this (because unlike some others here, I'm not the least bit new), but is there one "share" button or another (or do any "share" buttons work)?    I usually hit "share" but then select - like - one of my blogs to "share" with.  Should I have been "sharing" with someone/something else too?   All this time, I've been thinking any time someone a person follows publishes something new, it shows up in the row of profile images that are there when you first get to your profile/account (wherever those latest followees show up). 


                (Oh, brother.   I just went and looked, and saw the answer to this.  Never mind.  What a dummy I am! )

          2. Ivorwen profile image71
            Ivorwenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Followers are automatically notified, according to their email settings.

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              Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              That's what I thought. I find that most if not all my followers get notified when I write a new hub because suddenly my visits from HP go up. I have a couple of people who make regular comments, too.

              Peace,
              Donna

          3. Lisa HW profile image78
            Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Everyone else doesn't know (or at least I don't - and I've been here for quite awhile).

            Now I'm pretty much confused:

            I know if people choose to be notified by e.mail they will get updates if someone they follow writes a new Hub.  I had that for a long time, but it got so I couldn't keep up with the numbers that were showing up in my e.mail; so I disabled it.

            Now I get a row of "followees" who have new Hubs when I get to HubPages (my profile or account - or something associated with my name, rather than "general" HubPages).  That's what I rely on for updates of followees.

            Here's my question:  If people elect to be notified by e.mail when someone they follow publishes a Hub, there will be all those people (like me) who find being notified about too many Hubs written by too many other Hubber (through e.mail) isn't practical; there's that.  So, we can assume those Hubbers don't want to be notified.

            I just discovered the "share with followers" button now.  When and why would someone use that?  The followers who want to be notified are going to be notified automatically, right?  The ones who don't really want to be notified that "diligently" won't get an  e.mail (which is what they want). 

            So what does that "share with followers" button do?  Send e.mails?  Make the profile picture show up in the "row"?  And, why use it if people have already opted not to receive e.mails, and e.mails are sent automatically when someone publishes a new Hub?

            1. SteveoMc profile image76
              SteveoMcposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              You can make your life much simpler by choosing to be notified once a day.   All your favorite hubbers will be together in one email once a day.

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                Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                That's the way I have my settings.

      2. SteveoMc profile image76
        SteveoMcposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        In poor taste, but insanely funny just the same, LOL

    2. waynet profile image78
      waynetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Call the cops...that should help against this stalking matter!

      1. saleheensblog profile image59
        saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I think people like you who have 1000s of follower needs the whole police department to monitor your safety. lollol

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          Donna Ferrierposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I can see it now...waynet being accompanied by secret police wherever he goes...LOL

    3. brakel2 profile image81
      brakel2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am fairly new, but I found that people who commented on my hubs were the ones I followed first. Their comments were good. Then they followed me. Then I started reading more hubs, and commented and if I liked what they said, I would follow them. It had nothing to do with popularity  but appreciating others, the niches they wrote about, and genuinely wanting to have a follower relationship. The followers often read each others hubs and then you get to know more about them. If you write about a sensitive topic, they often show compassion in their comments, It is wonderful, and you meet many nice people.

      1. SmartAndFun profile image97
        SmartAndFunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, Brakel2. That is exactly how I found and began following you several months ago. I like your hub topics and how you express yourself, so I clicked the follow button.

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago
  3. Richieb799 profile image77
    Richieb799posted 7 years ago

    Yes, the idea is that people follow you because they like your writing or thats what I always thought. I guess some people also add because they want to network, but I don't see the point in flicking through pages just adding people to try and get attention, it is better to accumulate real 'fans' because they are more likely to read your stuff!

    1. sarovai profile image76
      sarovaiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good advice.

  4. camlo profile image88
    camloposted 7 years ago

    'Followers' used to be called 'Fans', BTW. I think that was a much clearer description, and many others did too. But the powers that be ... 'Followers' sounds, somehow, creepy.

    When I first joined Twitter, I thought 'followers' were stalkers, and got rid of all of mine.

    1. relache profile image91
      relacheposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "Fans" was changed to followers because the same term is used if you watch a particular topic.  The example given was that it used to say things like "Camlo is a fan of brain cancer" if you chose to follow that topic.

      1. camlo profile image88
        camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, Relache, I do understand the reasons for the change. I remember, too, the point you mention being brought up on a Forum thread concerning the change at the time it took place.

        It doesn't alter the fact, though, that I prefer the term fans.

        BTW, both terms (fan and follower) are still used. So it could have been made possible to be fans of other Hubbers, whilst following topics.

  5. rotl profile image61
    rotlposted 7 years ago

    The whole "follower" thing seems kind of like a popularity contest to me. If you are good at networking and/or you write about popular/fluff topics, you can cultivate a significant following. On the other hand, if you don't network or write about obscure/specialized/technical topics, no matter how good your writing, you won't develop the same following. Doesn't seem like a good measure of anything to me.

    1. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This has an element of truth in it. However, much depends upon your ability to interact and communicate; in your writings and otherwise.

      1. rotl profile image61
        rotlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well, my whole thing is, do you want good writers who write about a variety of topics and focus on the quality of their work, or do you want people who write average quality hubs on limited but "popular" topics and focus on networking. I would think HubPages would prefer the former, but I think I am wrong.

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          Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I am not talking in general, but based upon my personal experience and hard work. My followers seem to appreciate my writings, philosophy, values, and contributions to this site. Maybe you wouldn't understand...

          1. rotl profile image61
            rotlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Okay, well I was making a general point about HubPages, not about your particular situation. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to understand.

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              Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              You seem to suggest that having many followers is synonymous with a form of populism. While this may be true in some cases ("spammy followers" and the like), you may eventually come to appreciate that some of the best writers and most interesting Hubbers actually happen to have the greatest amount of followers. This regardless of whether they write creatively or on narrow topics.

              Take most of the prolific Hubbers, who are also amongst the best writers on the site. Everyone will tell you that having followers doesn't matter. But then see how many followers they have. See how many comments and how much feedback they receive. I don't believe any of that to be a coincidence; it is the product of talent and hard work.

              1. rotl profile image61
                rotlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I never said that everyone here is aiming for popularity or that popularity is necessarily bad. My point, if there is one, is that HubPages should emphasize quality of writing above all else, and I don't think that is always the case.

                Yes, there are a lot of great writers here who are popular because of their writing, no matter the topic. However, there are also plenty of people chasing the popularity angle and many new hubbers are advised to do so.

                So I think we agree!  smile

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                  Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  OK, how can I resist a smiley?

                  1. rotl profile image61
                    rotlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    LOL... no one can.

                2. saleheensblog profile image59
                  saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I am a new hubber [i still think] and I was never said to chase for followers.

                  Quality is a very relative word. How can HP emphasis on quality more? What will be the standard?

                  ~There are people who don't have a good writing style but provides with very good information.
                  ~There are people who has less command in English but knows a lot and write good hubs in bad English. [My English is bad and I am not a good writer but I have seen few Asian writer who writes informative hub in bad English]
                  ~There are people who write only thought provoking contents like stories and poems.

                  Now are they bad writers?



                  can't agree.

              2. saleheensblog profile image59
                saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                100% true.
                None can get 1000 spam followers. There are no good writer in HP who haven't got at least 100 followers and there is no bad writer who has got 1000 of followers as far I have seen.

  6. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    They love you if they follow you and will give their life to you plus their earnings.

    Just kidding,

    Most of them just want to follow you because they like what you write. That should be the main reason.

  7. Lazur profile image81
    Lazurposted 7 years ago

    I'm just stalking tongue

    1. saleheensblog profile image59
      saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      follow me I will follow you lol lol lol Just kidding.

      1. lindajot profile image73
        lindajotposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        SInce you said that saleheensblog, I was wondering if some people here follow others so they might get a follow back.  Just curious.

        1. profile image0
          Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          No doubt, that is very common. Some will even follow you, then unfollow you if you don't follow them back within a week or so.

          1. saleheensblog profile image59
            saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            how stupid!!

            1. profile image0
              Website Examinerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              There is even a term for it: "House cleaning." I had the same person do that to me three times, once.

              1. saleheensblog profile image59
                saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                lol lol this is ridiculous

          2. shazwellyn profile image43
            shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            typical twitter trick, that!  I have noticed this a lot on HP lately!

        2. saleheensblog profile image59
          saleheensblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          if someone follow me I don't just follow back blindly. I go and check the follower's hub. If the hubber is worth following I follow back.

          1. lindajot profile image73
            lindajotposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I was wondering if that was why I lost a follower - I'm  new, so it is easy to see.  I'm like your saleheensblog, I certainly do check out their profile and work, and love to add those I have an interest in, but won't add someone if I have no intention of reading their work.

 
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