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.
they will hack your bank account, rob your home and kill you.
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.
providing you hit the share button after you have published (I think, that is how it works??) and click 'followers'
thanks for the addition you are very helpful
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!
you can share anytime and you can share more than once as well though sharing again and again is not a good idea.
Also, I would like to share again after getting every 100/200 additional followers.
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! )
Followers are automatically notified, according to their email settings.
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?
In poor taste, but insanely funny just the same, LOL
Call the cops...that should help against this stalking matter!
I think people like you who have 1000s of follower needs the whole police department to monitor your safety.
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.
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!
'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.
"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.
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.
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.
This has an element of truth in it. However, much depends upon your ability to interact and communicate; in your writings and otherwise.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
They love you if they follow you and will give their life to you plus their earnings.
Most of them just want to follow you because they like what you write. That should be the main reason.
follow me I will follow you Just kidding.
SInce you said that saleheensblog, I was wondering if some people here follow others so they might get a follow back. Just curious.
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.
typical twitter trick, that! I have noticed this a lot on HP lately!
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.
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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