Why do people try to follow me on Strava?

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bilwit
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by bilwit

NJ78 wrote:I often wonder how these people who want to follow huge amounts of strangers will choose who they'll try and connect with. What process do they use to hone in on the profile of someone they don't know, that will often live in a different country or continent. Do they just do loads of athlete searches and then pump out hundreds or thousands of "follows".

It's all a bit weird.


strava's dashboard "suggests" profiles based on followers of people you follow (or people they follow) so you could basically farm profiles indefinitely that way if you felt inclined

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Ha... It's like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon!
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Asteroid
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by Asteroid

I love my Strava. But if you ride super slow like me, you'll get 67 followers like me. :oops:
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by 4151zero

Asteroid wrote:I love my Strava. But if you ride super slow like me, you'll get 67 followers like me. :oops:



same here, except minus 65 of your followers, though :beerchug:

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by TheKaiser

On other social media platforms there are also internet marketers and scammers who will set up fake accounts and fire out a ton of friend requests, with the hope that some percentage of them will be accepted, and then they can start sending out spam messages to their group of "friends". That was going on with Facebook for a while, where people would set up fake accounts with photos of a guy with a bike, making the assumption that if you are into biking and you get a friend request from a guy with a bike related profile photo, you might think "maybe he's a friend of a friend or I met him on a ride or race". I'm not saying that is what what is going on in the OP's case, but it is a possibility. Looking at the activity feed of the requester should provide an indicator, as it would be considerably more involved to generate a realistic looking feed of fake rides over an extended period.

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by AJS914

Lately I've been getting kudos from random chicks. If you look at their profile they don't ride and aren't local to me. I'm sure it's the start of some kind of scam.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/29339216

Hey, she even has a low res picture of her butt!

Several times I've gotten kudos from an unknown female and I only see it in notifications because their account has already been deleted.

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by Tenlegs

They're like a plague on Strava lately, spam accounts keep appearing faster than they can delete them.
All you can do is block them until they get removed,
I think if you view the profile on the mob app there's a link to a dodgy website.
https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/art ... -on-Strava

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Yeah, remember to block you GPS physical address location on your account, so the whole internet doesn't know where your precious bikes "Live" ;) ...

Louis :)

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LouisN wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:26 pm
Yeah, remember to block you GPS physical address location on your account, so the whole internet doesn't know where your precious bikes "Live" ;) ...

Louis :)
Point taken. Although there's zero crime in Canada, Louis. Last theft occurred in Monsonee back in '97, when somebody left the key in their snowmobile's ignition. :)
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Yes, but they left a note saying they were sorry.
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:lol: :lol: :lol:



Louis :)

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I follow some riders I don't know in person but they live in my neighbourhood, they ride a lot and I use their rides as a way to discover the nice roads as I know they ride on the quiet roads. But they're 3 to5 maximum, no more.
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