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  1. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    What are "followers", or what does it imply to be followed? I just noticed I have a few!

    I think I would like to be a follower, too. Is this idea similar to the "Friends" deal on Senior Forums?

    Boy, I got burned pretty good on that one!

    Thanks! Frank
     
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    When you click on the avatar of someone, and the little box pops up with their info, you will see a list of several choices there in green, one being follow, and another one ignore.
    If you follow someone, then you will see their avatar in the box where we see names of who is online, when they are online.
    This makes it easier for you to know when you have someone online that you are following.
    Then, I think that you open your profile box, and on the right side at the top, it says "newsfeed". I am not totally sure about this, but I think that this will show you the threads that the people you are following have posted in.
    That way, you do not miss the threads of someone you want to be sure and read.
    As an example, I follow Ina, and she follows me. This way, we can both look and see if we found all of the threads that the other one posted in , without having to read through every new thread on the forum to find the posts we want to find.
    I have never used ignore, but it does basically the opposite, and hides all of the posts of someone you have on ignore; so you will never see their posts, even when they are posting in the thread that you are reading. The exception to this would be if someone quotes the person you have on ignore, and then the quoted thead would be visible to you.
    I am a long way from being an expert on this, @Frank Sanoica , and just sharing how I think it works. If I missed something, then Ken , or someone else who understands this option, will explain it for both of us.
     
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    Yes, kind of like friends on SF. I don't even know who I'm following but I've asked people to unfollow me that hurt me on an another forum and they did.
     
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    I've heard of this, wondered about it; forgot it. Heard about it again today although it had probably been there several days. Wondered bout it again, thought must be something to it. Suppose I wanted to follow someone, just supposing how would you or me or one of them robots go about doing such such an act not saying of course we want to but if we did pray tell what acts would a mouse unconnected but a free lanced, blue toothed, low slung, turbo charged with a hang down fully charged battery, what would it have to do to find out about following someone? I do recall my mouse got turned around one time and I was punching buttons trying to get straightened out when I DOUBLE CLICKED SOMETHING and lo and behold a page plopped down from on high and a voice thundered, no no that was the other time, a page plopped down and read, stern like,
    "You have no followers, why would anyone in its right mind want to follow you?" And I've wondered about that and wondered how you do it if you wanted to. Thank you.
     
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    I don't know. I've never followed anybody. I'm going to try now. BRB
     
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  7. Shirley Martin

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    OK. It looks like you click on their profile picture. A box comes up with their picture and some blue letters across the top. One of the words is "Follow" . I didn't click on it but if you click on it, I think you will be following that person. I don't know what good it does.
     
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    Well, now, thanks for that. Funny, a short while ago while i was still in the wondering state about this dilimi, I looked at one of those boxes, studies carefully, got the ole magnifying glass out and looked again. Didn't see the word follow. Looked just now after your instruction and sure enough, there it was. Now can't remember why I wanted to know. Thank you Shirley. You are as handy as a pocket on a shirt.
     
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    I've never done it either but I've got followers on other forums. I just presume it lets them know when and where you've posted... I could be wrong..

    I actually take it as a compliment that someone is interested enough in my posts that they want to read them
     
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    What it does for me, is to show me when that person is online, and shows their avatar and not just their name. However, if that person has decided to make everything private, then even if you are following them, it does not show me when they are online.
    Other than that, I have not seen any difference in whether I follow someone or not. It does not give me any alerts when they post, or anything else that I can see.
     
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    I was going to say, 'You're a pretty smart cookie.'
     
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    Smarter than the average bear, Booboo. :D:D:D
     
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    ut I haven't, yet

    Hmm.
     
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    I don't know if I should feel comfortable, being "followed". 'Course, OTOH, if it's meaning remains murky, it matters less. Followed by a man with a gun, well........say, if a variety of folks are moving about a public place, the one behind another is following...........here where we live, it's legal to carry a lethal weapon, concealed or otherwise, by any state resident having no criminal record, so it's very possible the "follower" may have a gun, but no one knows but he (shiver), just keep telling yerself, "I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid", over and over.
    Frank

    EDIT: Now, I just realized something: in places where folks practice being naked, carrying a concealed weapon requires a paper bag, or something..,......
     
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  16. Ina I. Wonder

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    I follow you @Frank Sanoica , and have since you joined. You think differently than I do, so I enjoy your point of view.

    I follow many of our members, it allows me to keep up with those I find interesting. :)
     
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    I merged a couple of threads that were on the same topic, here.
     
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    I already follow most on this thread. I like it :p
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder " You think differently than I do,...."

    I beg your pardon!........
    Frank
     
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    Well @Frank Sanoica first off, you’re a guy. :p I’m a gal. :D

    No seriously, you come froma different part of the country, so you were brought up with ideas pertaining to the area in which you spent your youth. I on the other hand, grew up with the Alamo, Sam Houston, the San Jacinto river, and all around the Gulf of Mexico.

    You had a normal up bringing and education, where I didb’t get more than 2&1/2 years in school before I started college at 35. It sounds like you had a some what typical childhood and youth, and I was raised in and out of foster homes when my parents couldn’t get along.

    You went into the service. I was married at 13.

    There are many ways that we differ, this gives us different perspectives on the world. I would be totally bored if I could only communicate with people that thought just as I do.

    “Viva la difference” , and all that stuff, ya know? :confused: :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't shout ... :(
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder
    I was spared the service in Viet Nam, due to a murder-suicide which dropped two minors into my responsibility.

    You were?? I thought that was illegal. But, thinking back, given the powerful hormonal drive, minus my own chicken-sh!t personality, I might also have married prematurely. My first encounter with a girl of even the least involvement happened when I was 21, working under my car on the transmission, when two feet attached to gorgeous legs appeared beside the car. My friend Chris's newly-arrived from Germany cousin, 16, whom I had met a few days earlier, had ventured over (they were staying two doors away), why I don't know. Bashful me connected with worldly she, because I had had a year of German in High School, and she was at 16 already possessed of a German License to practice Cosmetology. She was advanced socially farther than I would be for 10 more years!

    We hit it off. Big time. She was unsure, reluctant, led by her mother's advice; seek some guy of status. I had none. But I yearned to learn, investigate, hold in my arms for the first time in my life a living breathing personification of heaven on earth. I was insistent; maybe that was wrong.

    We were married a year after we had succumbed to the "need"...........married because it seemed to be the reasonable thing to do. She was Catholic, I was nothing. We compromised marrying in a Lutheran Church. Much of what followed has been chronicled, and absorbed by members from THAT other forum, as well as this.

    The more I reiterate my life's failures and distractions, the more I share with strangers who of reasonable purpose, should have little interest, the more I realize how incredibly deeply my life's cleavings into my inner being, have affected how I live day to day, function while dreaming back of how it should have been.

    How many reading this nonsensical drivel have thought about, and considered, their own lifetime experiences in a similar light?
    Frank
     
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    Hmmmm ... :confused:

    Well that sounds quite romantic from a boy’s point of view. But not so much from a girl’s, at least not this girl. I was raised by my Native American mother and grandmother, and my German father. He was a Hard Shell Baptist Minister, and he made the decision that I was to marry at thirteen. Two years later, I was informed that slavery had been over since 1865. That marriage ended there. Then I was very fortunate to meet my husband, Michael, and we were blessed with almost 48 years together. So all in all, it was a very normal and everyday story that happened down here in Texas, way back in the 1960’s.

    I do understand my story is a bit shocking to some, but I have two choices in the matter. 1: I can be embrassed and lie about my reality. 2: I can except who I am, my reality, and use my experiences, just like everyone else does, to guide me through whatever is before me. :)
     
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    As I remember, you raised your wife’s younger siblings?
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder
    I did, although her sister's adult life since I have not been a part of it has led me to wonder. Their father swore only my wife's sister, Diane, was his child; my wife, Sue, and her brother, Rick, he insisted were not his. Because of this belief, coupled with his imagined infidelity on his wife's part, he designated the little girl as beneficiary on his life insurance policy. This act truly muddied the waters when he died, as that life benefit was "locked up" until Diane turned 18. So, we raised Diane & Rick as best we could, receiving about $55 per month Survivor's Benefits from S/S with which to feed, clothe, and raise them to age 18.

    At 18, still living with us in Vegas, Diane received her dad's life benefit, $4,000, and immediately left for Chicago, where her life's love, a young Viet Nam Vet who looked and acted like a drugged Hippie, waited for her. Within a few months, she returned, broke. She would not talk about it, but we surmised the cad had absconded with the dough. That same year, their brother, Rick, died from complications of Ulcerative Colitis, on his 25th. birthday. Distraught beyond imagining, my wife asked for a separation, and we began disposing of mutually-owned property, our house, cars, etc. We divorced the following year.

    Sue & Diane remained in Vegas, though living separately; I finished college, got my degree, and took a position in Colorado, 1976. During the next few years Sue met and married an aspiring young Law student, whom she subsequently divorced due to his philandering. Meanwhile, Diane entered into the dubious scheme of getting pregnant in order to prevent their family surname from ending with them (there were no other relatives that we knew of). The kid's father (she had a boy) was a tennis pro who meant nothing to her, and left the picture. Over the years, as the kid grew up (she named him Danny; her Veteran's name) he took distinct preference for his Aunt Sue over his mother Diane. She had, after all, money and sophistication, whereas Diane's life was always hand-to-mouth.

    Last time I contacted Sue was on her 70th. birthday, last May. I asked about Diane; I would like to talk to her. Sue claimed to have lost track of Diane, and was not even sure where she was living. Danny was out on his own, planning to get married. For the first time ever, I asked her if she felt Diane might have inherited from their father the tendency toward lunacy; she said definitely, yes.

    I have led a less than typical life. Frank
     
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