Do "Bogus Followers" annoy you as much as they annoy me?
I’m irritated when I’m notified that someone (let us call that someone OBSEQUIOUS-LITTLE-OIK) is following me on HubPages, but when I look at traffic to my pages, it’s obvious that OBSEQUIOUS-LITTLE-OIK hasn’t read anything that I’ve written, or if so, hasn’t bothered to leave a comment..
Is the word “follower” or “following” unfamiliar to him or to her?
OBSEQUIOUS-LITTLE-OIK may be attempting some form of Empire Building, but I can’t be bothered to look at what he/she has contributed, as I feel that good manners are somehow involved here, and they are lacking on OBSEQUIOUS-LITTLE-OIK’s part.
There are definitely a lot of 'bogus followers' that pop up. Whether they're spam bots or opportunistic writers who just follow everyone, they certainly skew the numbers. But, it's also possible that they followed you based on something other than your hubs. I've followed people based on their comments in the Q&A section before. Maybe someone is a good writer and you like their way of thinking, but none of their existing hubs are of any particular interest to you. You might then follow them in the hopes that one day they will write a hub that is of interest to you. Ideally someone would always leave fan mail, but between busy lives and the internet's ADHD, sometimes the follower number is the best we can hope for.
Thank you, M. T. Dremer for your reply. I appreciate the time you have taken to respond so amusingly and also so informatively. I had guessed that this would be the case, but it was satisfying to see that you and Dashingscorpio were reading (or sho
Twilight Lawns, They're not following you. They want you to "follow" them by reciprocating. More often then not if you go to their profile page and click "my activity" you'll likely see they have stream of people they've clicked to follow all within minutes of each other. It's not unusual for them to "unfollow" you later.
Their goal is to pad their profile with hundreds or thousands of followers. It's an ego thing. I've often wondered why Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others feel the need to (publically display) how many "friends", "followers", and "connections" one has. I suspect it's to motivate people to stay on their sites and build up their profiles thus spreading the word.
One very common question you'll see on HP is "How do I get more followers" or "How can increase my Hubscore?" Anything that is publically displayed brings out the competition in them.
It's best not to get all caught up on these numbers and just focus on writing quality hubs and answering questions when you feel like it. On man's opinion.
Dashingscorpio, thank you so much for confirming my feelings about the subject. It was so nice (correct use of the word) for me to read that detailed and eloquent answer to my question. I feel like sending the URL to this page to anyone who does th
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