Difference Between Following and Followers

Primary Difference

Social networks have become an integral part of our lives and we have started depending on them for all sorts of information related to politics, breaking news, sports, and showbiz. One of the most famous social networks currently is Twitter which has many features. A person who is new to the world of socializing over the internet, and especially this application might find it confusing in some ways since it becomes tough to grasp the whole world in some time. Two such features which are most famous on Twitter are Following and Followers and the ones which confuse people the most. There is the difference between them and that will be discussed here. Followers are the people who follow your account in order to receive the updates you share. They follow you if they think you are giving a particular information that is valuable to them or they like your tweets. Following is the list of people that you follow on Twitter in order to get updates. These can be people you like, celebrities, sports teams and random people who share good stuff. Another difference is that if the account has privacy, only the people who are in your followers can see the things you share with the world. The following cannot see these updates unless they follow you back. The other difference is that unless you follow someone back they cannot interact with you privately, the ones who are in your following cannot interact with you through direct messages if they are not returning the favor. The difference between following and followers is deemed important and shows the frame of someone on this social network. Most people prefer to keep their number of following less in order to show they follow only particular people but want more people to follow them to be more known. There are many other differences too which will be explained at the end while a brief description of two types is given in the next two paragraphs.

Comparison Chart

FollowingFollowers
DefinitionIt is the people who you are following on twitter in order to get updates that they share and to reply and interact with their tweets.It is the people who are following you on twitter in order to get updates that you share and to reply and interact with your tweets.
BenefitMay or may not be able to interact with you.Can interact with you through tweets.
InteractionYou can interact with your following if they are following you back.can send you direct messages in order to talk privately if you are following them back

Definition of Following

It is the people who you are following on twitter in order to get updates that they share and to reply and interact with their tweets. For most cases, if an account is private you have to follow the other person if you want to see what they are sharing with their circle. These are also the people who can interact with you through their tweets and you can reply, favorite or retweet if you think it is worth sharing with others. Usually, people prefer to keep the number of following low to show they follow only selective people.

Definition of Followers

It is the people who are following you on twitter in order to get updates that you share and to reply and interact with your tweets. For most cases, if an account is private you have to follow the other person if you want to see what they are sharing with their circle. These are also the people who can interact with you through your tweets and can reply, favorite or retweet if they think it is worth sharing with others. Usually, if the number of followers is more, the person is considered more famous.

Differences in a Nutshell

  1. Following is the number of people who you are following on twitter while followers are the number of people who are following you on twitter.
  2. Followers can interact with you through tweets while the following may or may not be able to interact with you.
  3. Followers can send you direct messages in order to talk privately if you are following them back while you can interact with your following if they are following you back.
  4. The theme is to have less number of following and relatively more number of followers.

Conclusion

There are many forms of activities that can be carried out over the internet and the two terms that have been explained here are similar for a social network, people who want to get used to the basis forms of this network will find this article really helpful and get to know the differences between them.

Harlon Moss

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