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What is the difference between following an individual and following their boards?  

If you follow all or one of their boards, do you still show up as a follower for them?

How do you follow just the individual?  It seems you can only follow their boards.  Is there a difference?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Following somebody is following all their boards.  Following their boards is for following the specific board(s) and not all boards.
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Thanks.  Which one will make you show up as a follower?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Both.  The message is something like, brettr is now following all of your boards vs brettr is following your board xyz
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by:brettr
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Ok.  Going back to what you said above, isn't following somebody following one or all of their boards?  There is no difference in other words.  You can't follow just someone.  To follow someone, you have to follow at least one of their boards.  Is that correct?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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If you open up someobody's board and click the follow button.  
1) You will see in your home stream whatever new image is posted to that board only.
2) The person that created that board will receive a message,  "brettr is now following your board xyz"

If you go to a persons profile like http://pinterest.com/brettr/ you will see a button to "Follow All".  Clicking that
1) You will see every new image that person pins on your home stream
2) That person will receive a message, "brettr is now following all of your boards".

You are either following ALL boards OR some of the boards.  Either way, you could say you are "following" them but that is all semantics.  

If you really like one board, then follow it.  If you find the other boards the person has are not to your liking, then you just followed the one board.  If you like all their boards, then click "follow all".  The difference is how much stuf you see on your home stream.
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by:brettr
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I'll rephrase the question: when you view someone's profile, you see "X Followers". What will cause that number to increase?  Any follow of a board?

Yes - it is semantics but that is the core of the OP.  Pinterest says X is now following you... when actually they are not following you right?  Not in the since that Twitter uses "Follow".  They are instead following your board(s).   That's where I'm hung up.
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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"Pinterest says X is now following you." That would be the total people following at least one board.    If you have no followers  and one person follows one of your 10 boards, you will have one follower.  The next day the same person follows a 2nd of your boards. You still have one follower.  On day 3 and 2nd person clicks the button,  "follow all" or next to your name, "follow".  You now have 2 followers where 10 boards are being followed by one person and 2 of the 10 boards are being followed by 2 people.  


What is the difference between following an individual and following their boards?  
You are actually following everything or just one board.  

If you follow all or one of their boards, do you still show up as a follower for them?
Yes

How do you follow just the individual?  It seems you can only follow their boards.  Is there a difference?  You only follow boards.  When you see a button next to somebody that reads "Follow" and you click that, you are following all their boards.    This means when you go to the pintrest site and on your home screen, you see a stream of every board you are following that has been recently updated.  If you are "following" one person and that person has 100 boards of birds and you are not following anybody else, when you log in you will see all the bird pictures from all boards in descending order by pin date.

It's not supposed to be this complicated...
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by:brettr
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It's not supposed to be this complicated...

I know.  I got bogged down in the details and couldn't figure out what Pinterest means by "follower".  I don't see where Pinterest goes over this like you just did.  Thanks for being so patient.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I believe it was started as a way to mark things you like on etsy and not a social marketing tool.   I don't think you can equate "followers" of facebook, twitter, g+, pintrest, linkedIn.  They all seem to get lumped together but all have different purposes and different types of "followers" and for different reasons.

If you get in the game to count numbers as a way for succes, I believe that is a path to failure.   People can easily differentiate those that are  really passionate about something vs just trying to build up numbers.  

I wouldn't worry about the following numbers and instead work on categories you are passionate about and you will attract followers.
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by:brettr
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Great way to put it.

Yeah - I'm not playing the look at how many people are following me game.  I was just trying to figure out how Pinterest counted following someone vs following their boards.
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