Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?

Subject: Re: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?
From: Alec Chakenov <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 21:39:28 +0700

"Befriend someone on Facebook" - does it sound better?

2012/5/6 Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>:
> 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.
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> -Laura
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References:
verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: Monique Semp
RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: laura_johnson
RE: verb for "gaining followers on Facebook" ?: From: Erika Yanovich

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