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https://www.duolingo.com/S.Liebermann

What's the deal with all the followers?

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Out of my 79 followers I know only 17. Every week or so I get a notification for a new follower.

How come? I'm not a celebrity or anything, nor do I have an outstanding achievement in Duolingo.

How do they find me? Is this some sort of spam? Not that I mind, but maybe I'm missing something by not following complete strangers?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I only have about two followers that I know in real life. Honestly, I wouldn't take it as some sort of spam, it just means that you are well liked by these people, usually if you have a good voice on the discussions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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In my experience there are 4 kinds of followers:

  • Those who know you in real life;
  • Those who seem to like what you post;
  • Those who seem to like articles you upload/translate; and
  • Those who follow followers.

The last one seems a bit complicated, but it is simply that they look at somebody's list and follow people who "their" friends follow. I'm also guessing that some moderators and staff members probably follow a suspect before bringing down the hammer. It is also likely that staff members follow somebody before promoting them to moderator status, as well as including them in the incubator.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I feel bad for not following many people back, but I like to compete with only a few people, which are mostly people that I know, minus a few that I've gotten to know around here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mommarigo
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If you do translations, people can see your name there, and decide to follow you. Although, it's never happened to me... ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Liebermann
S.Liebermann
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Thanks. I don't think that this is the case. I've done some translations in the past (when joined during the beta phase), but have not done any in a long time.

Conundrum.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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There are people that create accounts, don't do any lessons, then "friend" 1000's of people. I have no idea why.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Do you post on the discussions frequently? During lessons?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Liebermann
S.Liebermann
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Not that frequently, and I can't say that the frequency for new followers correlates with the frequency of my postings.

Now that I think about it, it must have something to do with the fact that I'm being followed by Luis himself, for which the reason is a mystery on its own right.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

It does sound a bit strange

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CecilieO.

I get new followers from the discussions it seems, mostly it's other people following me. But I have clicked follow on other people when they are doing the same language as me, and post interesting discussions...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deletedaccount12

Its just competing with one one another I don't know anyone how folows me I like it when people follow me

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaniedf

I was asking myself the same thing just now. I logged in, and discovered I'm being followed. Alrighty then. Shrug. Maybe they like my translations, or find me witty (people who like my jokes are always good to keep around- works wonders for self esteem!)... I dunno. Do think it would be bad form to ask?

4 years ago