Like Me! Friend Me! Follow Back! ( "Rank Me, Rank Me, Dammit!!" )
I referred a mate to WAU a week or so ago.
Before he'd even got his profile pic up, I received an email from him asking: "Why have all these people started *following* me? I haven't done anything yet!".
So, I snuck a look at his followers.
A few of them were obviously "scummy", from people following anyone and everyone because they had a scam technique or "proposal" in mind. One of them had already been banned by the time I glanced at his profile.
However, I did notice that some of the community are following 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, even 40,000+ other Members. I can only imagine that's why Muffin blogged about being overwhelmed by email notifications earlier today!
I raised the question of "following vs. followed" in chat and got answers ranging from, "It's a hangover from Facebook, Twitter, et al.", to "I'm interested in everyone.", and even one along the lines of "It's just a way people game the system, along with commenting in profiles, to try and up their own ranking.". I trust the latter isn't really a reason for following en-masse?
I must confess, in the interests of transparency, I also learned that amongst my fellow Eurotrash contingent, a follow from Steve is considered the absolute ultimate accolade. His follow-to-followed ratio is 1-100, and only 72 Members have received such acclaim and benediction in the last 4 years.
Is that "scarlet" woman flirting with you actually another boy?!
Yes, Yes. If you PM me, I'll let you know which-is-which!
Oh, and I certainly have all my email notification boxes in Account Settings ticked because I definitely want to know when someone I follow has something to say.
However, I'd love to know what you do and think. Have you built a WAU following *organically* or maybe based on actual interaction in chat? Is it *follow me, follow back* or are you seeing follows as a numbers = ranking tool? Do you ever sneak a peek at a follower's ratios or wonder why someone has decided to follow you?
So, are you *followed* at WAU or *following*?
I'd love you to kiss-and-tell!
Photos © Tomasz Trojanowski, used with kind permission. Legs by Sam, styled by @That Helpful Lab Rat. Ruby Slippers, on loan from the Vimini Cricket collection. Irreverence, @RICH.