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Posted 11/17/2012 by VexedAngel in NSBR Board
 

VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 3:05:07 PM
I am getting new followers to only one of my boards. That would be fine, and frequently happens when I link to one of my boards on here, like my Using Up Scraps board or something.

BUT, these new followers are all following my 4 photo scrapbook sketches board. I have separate ones for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and and general one with 6+ or multiple sketches in pin. I've not linked (that I can remember) to only my 4 photo sketch board, so what is up?? I've been hacked on there before but took care of it and have had no problems since. This seems fishy to me, though.


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Tuva42
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Posted: 11/17/2012 3:24:29 PM
I get new followers all the time. I have never linked anything on a message board. The things you pin show up in the general feed and in the feeds of the folks who pin from you. Anyone who sees your stuff might decide to pin you and then follow you. Probably just means you got good stuff!



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Posted: 11/17/2012 3:28:04 PM
They could have used one link to one board, and then just clicked "follow all" and that way they would be following all your boards, which is what I usually do. I figure if I like one of your boards, then more than likely I'd like the others as well.


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VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:00:29 PM
No, I know how following works, these followers are only following ONE of my boards, and the one board they're following doesn't make sense--why would they ALL want to follow ONLY the board with 4 photo scrapbook sketches? If they like sketches, they'd follow them all, that's what usually happens.

Thx for trying to help, but I'm obviously not explaining this very well.


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Mimima
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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:04:34 PM
Perhaps they usually scrap four photo pages? There's really no reason as to why people will follow a board that they are interested in, why do you like butterflies? It's the same kind of thing - it struck a chord and they hit "follow"


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krispin41
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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:04:51 PM
When I pin something that happens to be from a particular board, it will show the board you pinned it to, and gives me the option to follow that particular board.



VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 7:26:13 PM
No one finds it odd that I've had a string of followers in the past 24 hours for only one board? A very specific board that really doesn't make sense for that many random people to just happen to all like and start following at the same time?? Besides that, I've checked a few of them out and I don't feel they're legit people anyway.

The most plausible one is that people who are following some of my followers repinned it and started following me--except none of these people have actually repinned anything from me, including that board!!


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yoko
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Posted: 11/17/2012 7:31:04 PM
Actually, in the past 2 days I suddenly have 9 new followers on a board I use for Work program ideas. It is a really random board that would only make sense to me, I use it to spark ideas. I can't imagine why these people find it interesting. None of them has repinned anything, either.


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Ms. Liz
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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:36:57 PM

these new followers are all following my 4 photo scrapbook sketches board.


I'd love to see it ... Would you link it for us?





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Periwrinkle
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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:54:28 PM
Something from your 4 board was probably pinned to another person's board. That person probably had a lot of followers. Every time someone see it, and repins it, tons more people see it.
When you see a pin that you like, so you go and look at every single board that the original pinner has? I know I don't. SO If i saw your picture repinned, and I went to your board and liked your style, I'd probably follow your specific 4 board. It's likely that I'd never see any of your other boards.
My jewelry board has probably twice the followers of my less popular boards (that probably only have followers because of the "follow all" feature.
hope that made sense




VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:02:03 PM
Yoko, exactly! I have a theory, it's one spammer targeting one board/one profile in an attempt to get us to follow them, and they probably just post bad spammy links. So I just went through my followers and tried to weed them out. And obviously am not going to give them the follow back I think they want. I assume they're spammy if they only have the 7 original boards, are following that one board, and haven't repinned me.



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VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:04:28 PM
Ms. Liz, I can't link on my phone (I can type the URL code and do clickable links, I just am not getting good addresses [ie non-mobile] in my browser).

Anyway, I'm VexedAngel on there, too, and I'm getting the followers on my 4 photo scrapbook sketches board. I'm trying to report/lose the spammy people now.


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VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:08:38 PM
Something that reinforced my new theory is that some of the original spammy followers have unfollowed the board. I think it's because I didn't do the automatic follow back.


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yoko
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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:17:10 PM
I pretty much never do the auto follow back thing.

The last thing I pinned to my work board was "Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast", as I said before, not exactly something cute or pretty or sexy! lol

I think you're right about the spammers.


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scorPEAo
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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:20:30 PM
Yeah, that's kind of weird! I had a time where someone was creating spammy boards for me. Pinterest seemed to have fixed that bug!



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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:43:36 PM

I pretty much never do the auto follow back thing.


Same here.

I do have one pin on my organization board that has been repinned over 2000 times. It's just a metal organizer from The land of Nod.

I don't think it's spammers.

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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:22:36 PM
Can i just ask why it is bothering you? No snark intended, just curious. I have many boards and i pay no attentions what so ever to who, or how many people happen to be following me.


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VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/18/2012 1:59:56 AM
Yeah, I don't do the auto follow back either. I went through my list tonight and found all kinds of interesting
boards to follow! LOL

It's bothering me for 2 reasons...1) I was hacked before and it was a huge pain and kind of scary since I had it linked to my Facebook at the time and had a common password among a few sites (I fixed that). And
2) I'm on bedrest and have time to obsess over small things I might be able to control. LOL that's probably the biggest reason, right there.
(ETA: I have it set up where I get email notifications of new followers, repins, & likes, which is how I noticed it.)


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VexedAngel
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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:22:38 PM
Well, Mariah, like I said in my OP, I've been hacked on there before and it was a huge hassle and it started with something similarly fishy. Thanks for the oh so helpful input though!


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shaedsp
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:59:03 PM
alrighty.. that makes sense then... i hope your bed rest does its job..


mama said didn't know how to make a kitty meooowwww.......



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StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:03:58 PM
Not to hijack, but I don't "get" how following works. I repin all the time, but never follow anyone. My profile says I have all these followers, but also that I am following all these other people too. So I clicked off to noit follow them and more show up. Weird.

I did purposely follow one person, but I can find them now. I must have done siomething wrong.





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