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https://www.duolingo.com/Dovmiester

Who needs friends (on Duolingo)?

This may be a stupid question, but what exactly is the point of friends or following people on Duolingo?

Do you get special perks like being able to private message that person or help them during a lesson. Still pretty new here, so thank you veteran Duolinguists for all your help.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shim
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I frequently get notifications that people I don't know are following me. I don't need strangers following my activity on Duolingo. There should be a way to opt out of this feature and/or if someone wants to follow you you should be able to decline.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I have often made friends with a person (and they with me) because we have worked together on an immersion article and have either helped or been helped. It is nice to have some friends who earn similar points to yourself each week, because you soon know if you are slipping when you start to lag behind. One can message anyone on this site, so that is probably not the strongest factor, for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dovmiester

I didn't know that you could message anyone on the site either, thanks! And I see your quite the French speaker,so congrats on that

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/royalhalo
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Ditto what Carolyn250, my new friend, said. When you're working on the tree, I don't think it matters so much, but when you start Immersion AKA translating articles, it's so much more fun doing it with friends.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pmm123
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I agree with all the comments about the motivation factor. If I see that my friends have earned a lot more XPs than I have, it motivates me to get busy. Another thing I like is that once you've added someone as a friend, their activity appears in your activity feed. That was how I saw this discussion, which I never would have seen otherwise.

It is also a good way to find new articles to translate, because their work in Immersion also appears in your feed. Finally, you get to see their accomplishments as they reach new levels, learn new skills, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Markmcopc
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This is a good question. Thanks for asking. The idea of "friends" seemed strange to me at first. But for some reason, it matters to me to compete with people for streaks, for XP, for rank. I don't know why we'ré like that, but Following people helps you to tap into your secret fantasy to be the greatest linguist in the world, in your spare time.

Somebody else mentioned, the real advantage comes in when you are busy in immersion. You start to notice people who are helpful, or whose work you admire, or that you would like to encourage in their progress. Overall, I've never encountered a tendency be too friendly - you know, in a creepy way. But just in case, there is a block button. I've found it to be a safe environment, as social sites go.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dovmiester

So you're saying that the competition between friends motivates you to work even harder?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/royalhalo
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I find it does. Today, for instance, I was working on a translation with someone, and it was like a good game of tennis. I can go bat a ball around by myself, but it's not nearly as much fun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dovmiester

I guess since I'm still far from actually translating anything it seems a bit useless. I'll keep this in mind until I get good at French. Merci!

And on an unrelated note congrats on maxing out both French and Spanish! Just French seems pretty impossible to me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/royalhalo
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Merci et de rien.

4 years ago