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This article or section documents the current version of Scratch (version 3.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Friend.
Where the follow button is located on a profile.
The follow button.
The page showing who someone is following.

A follower is a Scratcher who has followed another Scratcher's profile. Followers see the projects of Scratchers they follow in the "Projects by Scratchers I'm Following" section of the Front Page and the activity (loving, favoriting, or sharing projects) of Scratchers followed in the What's Happening section of the front page.

Following was known as "friending" prior to the release of Scratch 2.0.

Following a Scratcher

A notification that pops up in Messages and Notifications when a Scratcher follows someone.

Scratchers can be followed via the follow button on their profile, located in the top-right corner of the page. The Scratcher followed will receive a private notification that they have been followed, and the activity feeds will show that the user is following them. The blue "follow" button will then become a gray "Unfollow" button. The maximum number of people a user can follow for one account is 10,000.[1]

The message that appears when trying to follow a user while you are already following 10,000 people.

 

The unfollow button

Scratchers are unfollowed the same way as they are followed, but by pressing the "unfollow" button instead. The "unfollow" button is then replaced by a blue "follow" button. Some Scratchers have suggested a notification for when a user unfollows them, but this suggestion has been rejected by the Scratch Team.[2]


Followers and Following Rows

On a Scratcher's profile page, two rows related to following will appear. The "following" row shows Scratchers that the user is following, or "[username] isn't following anyone yet" if nobody is being followed. The "follower" row shows the followers (all Scratchers who are following the user). If the user does not have any followers, the row is hidden entirely.

Following Trends

Free Follow Accounts

Some users create accounts with the goal of following as many Scratchers as possible by navigating around the website following every user they encounter. Sometimes people ask to be followed in their profile comments as well. This amount can go up to 10,000 follows (the most users one can follow), for the more prolific free follow accounts.

Many users consider accounts created for the sole purpose of following people spam[3] and such accounts are routinely banned.[4]

To help stop free follow accounts, the word 'follow' cannot be put in a username when creating an account.[5]

Following Users with the JavaScript Console

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Formerly, it was possible to follow users through the developer console, which allows following users that could not normally be followed (for example, following deleted users, wiped accounts such as gdpr0000001 or following oneself) using the following script:

$.ajax({type:"PUT",url:"/site-api/users/followers/USER TO FOLLOW HERE/add/"});location.reload()

This glitch was eventually fixed, but it is still possible to follow oneself by using a second account.

Self-Following with a Second Account

One trend in the Scratch community is for a Scratcher to follow themselves by using an alternate account. This is most frequently done by loading a profile while simultaneously switching to a different account, which allows the account to be followed from the new account instead of the previous one. When a Scratcher follows themselves, they will see their own activity alongside other Scratchers they have followed. This project has a how-to tutorial.

Follow for Follow

Follow for Follow, commonly abbreviated as "F4F" on the Scratch website, is when a user agrees to follow another user, in exchange for a follow back. This is a very common attempt for gaining fame. This practice has received a large amount of controversy, as it can be seen as placing too much emphasis on the number of followers rather than the quality of projects.[6][7][8][9] Some users agree to do follow for follow with another user, only to unfollow them seconds later, simply in order to get more followers.[10] Many users put notices on their profile mentioning that they refuse to do F4F, and vice versa. The practice is frequently proposed to be banned, but the Scratch Team has refused to ban it.[11]

Follow Bots

Follow bots are automated accounts that usually join the Scratch website in waves.[citation needed] In most situations, they can follow a user all at once, making them gain large amounts of followers.[citation needed] The Scratch Team considers this as a violation of the Community Guidelines.[12]

Following Other Things

Following Studios

Studios can also be followed, similarly to profile pages, by pressing the "follow" button in the studio activity. Followed studios can be accessed at the "Studios I'm Following" row on one's profile. Studios can also be unfollowed in the same fashion as users. Following a studio does not result in studio activity messages, only managing or curating a studio does.

Following Topics

Topics in the Scratch discussion forums can also be followed by clicking the "follow discussion" button in the top right of a topic and unfollowed by pressing the "unfollow" button. Following a topic results in notifications whenever a new post is created in that forum topic. However, closed topics cannot normally be followed, as new posts cannot be created until the topic is re-opened.

See Also

References

  1. Za-Chary. (23 March 2020) "...you can't follow more than 10,000 people." post: 3886156
  2. Paddle2See. (12 August 2019). "Sorry - this is rejected. We feel that it would potentially create a lot of drama with some Scratchers that are focused too much on the number of followers they have." post:3665886
  3. Col_Cat228. (2020/7/30). "but they are spam. I report each one of follow all accounts"post:4272351
  4. cheddargirl. (2017/04/27). "We already block accounts that were created for the sole purpose of giving empty follows." post:2799967
  5. topic:427234
  6. Zro716. (21/6/2014). "If you follow someone, you receive updates about the user you followed, but emphasis falls short on “receive updates”..." topic:42999
  7. FunnyBanana. (8/7/2015). "Why do follow for follow when your followers can be people who really like what you've done?" projects:69509156
  8. -Flames-. (14/1/2016). "Removes the entire point of a follow." topic:178320
  9. WazzoTV. (1/3/2016). "It's time to stop!" projects:99770721
  10. "F4F policy:Do NOT unfollow" https://web.archive.org/web/20201124203901/https://api.scratch.mit.edu/users/ArushTheGreat/
  11. topic:343602 (at section 7.3)
  12. post:5197640
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