Louis
Followers? Ummm - why?

Hi all!

Can anyone explain what the point is of having - or of being - a follower?

Friends can message each other - so there is a purpose. But what is the purpose of following?

Does anyone know? I am just curois, because I like iTalki - but this is one thing I don't get!


Thanks!

Apr 23, 2014 3:15 AM
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   Louis:

 

  Your profile indicates that you are Following  108 members.

 

 Perhaps you should identify why you Follow 108 members and therefore you will have answered your own question.

April 23, 2014

So it is just like a 'favorites' list then, eh? OK thanks!

April 23, 2014

@Bruce - I assume it is a courtesy to 'follow back' people who follow you, hence the number you quote in you facile reply.

 

    Yes  Louis, part of following is merely courtesy.

 

  Following is  also asking  a member's permission to send and receive private messages.

 

    Following is a way of indicating    a certain respect for the person.

 

     It is a feature of some use on Italki. 

 Such a feature could be modified and  enlarged with advanced features.

 

     When I click  "Follow" I am telling a language student that I am "seeing" them.

It is a kind of neutral invitation,  which informs the member that I am available for contact.

 

  It can be seen as a way of saying  "I like you."

 

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April 23, 2014

@Bruce - I assume it is a courtesy to 'follow back' people who follow you, hence the number you quote in you facile reply.

 

@xiaokaoy - that makes sense! It is a PITY that the previous functionality that gave 'following' a more useful purpose has been removed, but as @thegreat makes clear, you can at least do it manually,

April 23, 2014

Following someone is the first thing to do if you hopes that they also follow you so that you can send messages to each other. Besides, Italki used to work like Twitter --- you could see in your Itlaki homepage the latest activities of people followed by you, which were arranged in chronological order.

April 23, 2014
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Louis
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English, Italian
Learning Language
Italian