RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?

Subject: RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?
From: Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
To: "laura_johnson -at- agilent -dot- com" <laura_johnson -at- agilent -dot- com>, "monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 12:09:17 +0000

Actually, it is possible to be FB friends with someone and not "follow" this person, by unsubscribing from this person's updates.
Erika

-----Original Message-----

I'll probably be sorry to have revived this, but I just saw it ... and I'm not sure how "friending" even became part of this discussion. Friending (yeah, I don't like that it's a verb, but on Facebook it is a verb) is a two-way symmetrical relationship between two individuals. It doesn't have a twitter counterpart; twitter is all about following and being followed. On Facebook, there's no use of the term "to follow", but "liking" a page (not a person) has the same effect - you get their updates in your feed. (The "likee" or liked entity doesn't get your updates -- the liked entity is a page, not a person, and doesn't have a feed, per se.) You can't follow or like an individual on Facebook; you friend individuals instead, which, again, is a two-way relationship - the other person has to accept your friendship.

So the action in question is called "getting (or gaining) likes". If you need to set the context, it's "getting likes on Facebook" or "getting Facebook likes". For example, a volunteer organization I "like" just posted today that they "got their 400th like". It's dreadful terminology, but it's used pretty consistently. You'll just create confusion if you try to invent a different term for the same concept.

All of this doesn't really answer Monique's original question, because she wanted something less wordy, and I don't think there is anything less wordy.

-Laura

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help. Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need.

Try Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.

http://bit.ly/doc-to-help

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com


Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives


Follow-Ups:

References:
verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: Monique Semp
RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: laura_johnson

Previous by Author: Tech comm textbooks
Next by Author: RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7
Previous by Thread: RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?
Next by Thread: Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads