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Are you following people and what do you get out of it?

I'm worried that if I follow the people I agree with that I will end up with the bland greyness that algorithms are starting to provide in our advertising (yes I looked for hiking boots once!). I want to know everyone's thoughts, not just those of people I relate the most to. What do you feel can be gained by following people, apart from finding out you have less in common with them than you initially thought?

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I follow for connection. It doesn't matter whether there's anything in common. Sometimes the spark's humanity; a kind or thoughtful statement. Other times a need, a thought, a hint of uncertainty on either side. I follow out of curiosity, to look for continuity. I follow to provide support and encouragement. I follow for ideas. I follow for fun and friendship.

Interesting, thank you.It's funny as I read through lots of comments and often notice that I like those from the same people regularly, I guess that's a similar experience.

@girlwithsmiles YES I agree. I think we all may come hear for fine tuning and read one anothers thoughts and it helps us define or refine our own.

@SpikeTalon I have no doubt that whatever you are finding in my words, you are growing in that direction and will surpass me in understanding/compassion/expression whatever it is you're connecting with. I am glad our paths have crossed. You are quickly becoming my online, adopted son. smile009.gif

Precisely. There are many good people here, with interesting point of view.


I follow people that display a higher level of intelligence, patience, or maturity than myself. I want to learn and improve myself. I find their comments to aid me in that effort.


@Petter Not following you. smile007.gif

@Donotbelieve Duh! Dat's why I'm following you.

@Petter doh, okay...


I have 65 people following me and I amfollowing 3. I am friends with them.


Agreed. I don't want the internet echo chamber. Sure, I might think someone is a complete moron, but I'd rather hear a dissenting view than just the same old monotony of agreement.

Yes, I find there aren't many (complete morons) on here, which makes it manageable and even funny.

@girlwithsmiles Copy that.

@girlwithsmiles Aha! You're discovering what I discovered. This site, unlike FB and its ilk, has good thinkers - I think!


I follow em - if they don't please i unfollow .. It's like that.. I follow all and sundry and filter !

Nickbeee Level 8 Apr 11, 2018

@WizardBill I have tons on FB ! strangers .. not a clue who they are and don't care. They just follow me lol.. It's what it's for.. It's media!
and it's social lol smile001.gif who knows ey

@Nickbeee You can prohibit being followed on FB by all except those on your friends list.

@Nickbeee ...that is so funny! When I first got on face book and all these people kept coming in, to be friends or not...I ask my children, why/how they got on there and they gave no satisfactory answer so I kept deleting them until I finally got off that takes up way too much my way of thinking! Lol


I am following a few people because they are smart, witty or just plain interesting. I don't worry what others think because life is too short!

ebdb Level 7 Apr 11, 2018

I’m not following anyone at the moment but I suppose following people on this site could mean you have an interest in them (relationship potential) and or you find what they have to say interesting. I don’t believe that would get in the way of exploring rest of the world that you are not following.

arca2027 Level 6 Apr 11, 2018

Yes, I suppose not, thanks.


I ask before I follow.

azzow2 Level 9 Apr 11, 2018

I follow people with whom I've become friends and those who have said something sufficiently interesting that I want to see more of what they have to say.

Jnei Level 8 Apr 12, 2018

I follow interesting people and also read the other posts as well.

I would miss some great posts otherwise.

Um, perhaps I am missing great posts, that's something to consider. Thanks.

@girlwithsmiles Look under "Discuss" and search the topics to find something that interests you. Don't forget to get to bed BEFORE sunrise!!


I am only following JackPedigo. His comments are wise, well-written, thoughtful and kind.


I am somehow following someone on this site. I don't know how that happened and don't see a way to unfollow. Not sure how it's taken by people, like stalking or what, so I'd hate to have it appear that way to someone. I have a few followers, and it doesn't bother me at all. I'm thinking it means that I said something interesting at some point. smile009.gif

Julie808 Level 7 Apr 11, 2018

Yes, I figured that, re: followers too. Perhaps someone can help you with the un-following? I'm afraid I don't know.

@girlwithsmiles @Julie808 Dead easy. Click on their name, which will take you to their profile page. At the top right you will see an option to follow or unfollow.
I have yet to find anyone who thinks it is stalking. Far from it - it is a sort of honour to know that someone finds what you have to say is worth reading.

@Petter Yes, I actually did figure out how to unfollow and should have edited my comment. Anyway, yep, it was easy. Thanks. The person I'd clicked on hasn't posted anything yet anyway, so nothing to follow. smile009.gif

@Julie808 That's another thing I like about this site - so much of it is intuitive.


I follow sparky smarties. If I find interesting, well formed opinions, or particularly creative or engaging individuals... I like to see what else they are up to.

Anemynous Level 7 Apr 11, 2018

I don't follow anyone, it seems like stalking, to me.

Oh dear. Sorry. I didn't realize that was a thing.

Ah, now you can see who's following you @Blindbird smile009.gif

@girlwithsmiles I din't care if people follow me, I just don't do it; besides I get notice of who is following me.

Yes, sorry HeathenFarmer I was responding to Blindbird, but forgot to tag her. Yes, it is like stalking, but I guess we just accept the people on here are friends not foes...until proven otherwise.


Yes I do. I can't explain how it happens but I find myself drawn to certain people that catch my attention. I find I'm wanting to engage them to understand them better.

Tompain1 Level 7 Apr 12, 2018

ok, so for a long time i was nervous about people. when i first noticed people followed me, i was like ahh! people! but then i was like wait, you are here for people... none of them have been creepers or anything so its cool, doesnt really make me nervous anymore

Byrd Level 7 Apr 11, 2018

I follow people who have something interesting to say or who I suspect will do so based on their profile. I TRY to have a broad range of opinions and voices but I keep getting into arguments with the authoritarian ones and angry at the clueless ones. Such is life.


I have a couple of folks I follow because I find their comments to be meaningful, well reasoned and well written.

Tominator Level 6 Apr 11, 2018

It's a good way too get know people. You can just un follow,if you loose interest.

Coldo Level 8 Apr 11, 2018

I don't follow anyone because I am a j/k but I don't follow anyone, I got a couple that follow me but never have spoke to me and I would like to know why they are following me but I just let it be. they can message me if they feel like it but I won't message them to find out why. if they found a reason that im worthy enough to be followed then go for it.

jorj Level 8 Apr 11, 2018

@SpikeTalon its all good. i don't think anyone follows me for negative reasons and if by chance they do that would make it even better in some ways

@SpikeTalon ive noticed a few of your posts that ive agreed with also


Thanks for asking I was wondering the same.


The great think about this site is that it is advertising free - so there's no call for tracking algorithms.
Then, there are interest groups, (look under "meet" - groups). So if you are a foodie, there's even a group for you - and somewhere to publicise your mutt or moggie.
Be bold! Explore! I, for one, love getting an insight into the minds of others - and I'm sure I'm not alone.

Petter Level 8 Apr 21, 2018

Just follow who you want, try and loose the worry or fear about the system. You know the magicians trick, so can't be fooled again smile001.gif


I tend to think that following people is a vform of stalking...I don't approve of strangers on my Facebook account following me. In this time of insecurity with personal data breaches and violence in the world, I would simply want to comminicate with those I know.

tedelliss Level 6 Apr 12, 2018

I click follow on people or channels I find that have interesting thoughts, opinions, facts etc.

I also clicked follow on you because you're interesting, not to far away and pretty smile001.gif

Lols, well thank you, blush

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