Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?

Subject: Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 01 May 2012 13:06:56 -0700

On 5/1/2012 11:33 AM, Monique Semp wrote:

Hello, writers who know social media terms,

Just wondering if thereâs a one-word verb that means âgain a follower on Facebookâ?

I donât need to worry about whether the people that are gained are fans or followers, and Iâm not talking about the person who chooses to follow someone (which could be sort described by the verb âlikeâ). Iâm hoping that thereâs just a less wordy way to say âgains followers on Facebookâ...

Friend (as in, to friend), friending, subscribing, and like are all FB verbs.

FB limits how many friends a person can have to 5,000, but likes are unlimited. Only people can be friended and they can allow subscribers; pages can be liked and subscribed to; groups can be joined; and questions can be followed.

On 5/1/2012 11:44 AM, Monique Semp wrote:
And I'm trying to describe, from the followEEs point of view, the action of gaining followERS.

That's friending.

On 5/1/2012 11:58 AM, Monique Semp wrote:
But... none of these suggestions are one-word verbs that implicitly include the rest of the phrase I included in the quotes: "gain a follower". They're all replacements for the "gain" part, but then you still have to say what was gained (or lured or seduced, etc.)

"Friend"! It is a verb on FB. If it is a person, then that person will want to be friended, liked, or subscribed to (if allowing subscribers is enabled). If it is a business or a product page, then that page can be liked or subscribed to.

Just ignore the peppering of snarky responses you received.

And people can "follow" someone on FB, but FB does not use the term "follow" for people or pages.







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