Why do people try to follow me on Strava?

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AJS914
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by AJS914

I get these random requests from people. My account name is anonymous and except for a few friends, I'm not anyone that is of interest to follow.

Here is the latest guy:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/12590030

A spanish guy who is following 2600 people. Is it a game to follow the most people?

Last week, it was a guy from Germany who seems to be following 2300 people:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/21077399

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Frankie - B
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by Frankie - B

Probably because they like to get 200+ kudos from people they don't know.
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by MisterNoChain

Frankie - B wrote:Probably because they like to get 200+ kudos from people they don't know.

Indeed. If they have 3000 "friends" on Strava they feel popular getting that much kudo's.

4151zero
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by 4151zero

It would drive me crazy trying to keep up with that many on my strava feed. I'd rather ride/train than stare at my screen.

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stockae92
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by stockae92

That's social media has become. :)

Some people gets their social interaction that way, and they may not talk to "real" person for days or weeks ... and I agree, they may establish their self worth with the number of follow

Hold on .. I am answering total stranger's question online ... #lol :D

AJS914
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by AJS914

I hadn't thought of them getting 200 kudos for every ride. I still can't imagine following 3000 people that I don't know and then giving any of them random kudos. Maybe all these guys with 3000 followers just give kudos back and forth to each other so they feel good?

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boysa
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by boysa

Hey, it's the "Me" generation.*

*Although, good luck getting my mom to give up her FB.
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by bilwit

they probably follow as much people as possible in hopes that they get followed back so that it looks like they're really popular on their profile

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Stolichnaya
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by Stolichnaya

That is kinda creepy.
And one of the many reasons I dropped Strava.
My tolerance for alcohol is way higher than my tolerance for most people, especially internet strangers seeking personal affirmation.

Except you WW guys and gals... you're cool. :wink:

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53x12
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by 53x12

AJS914 wrote:I get these random requests from people. My account name is anonymous and except for a few friends, I'm not anyone that is of interest to follow.

Here is the latest guy:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/12590030

A spanish guy who is following 2600 people. Is it a game to follow the most people?

Last week, it was a guy from Germany who seems to be following 2300 people:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/21077399



AJS, why aren't you accepting my request to follow you! :noidea:
"Marginal gains are the only gains when all that's left to gain is in the margins."

MichaelB
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by MichaelB

I don't have anyone follow me as I have it all set up private. My ride stuff is for me, and that's it. Don't need other peoples feedback :)

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by Squashednuts

53x12 wrote:
AJS914 wrote:I get these random requests from people. My account name is anonymous and except for a few friends, I'm not anyone that is of interest to follow.

Here is the latest guy:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/12590030

A spanish guy who is following 2600 people. Is it a game to follow the most people?

Last week, it was a guy from Germany who seems to be following 2300 people:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/21077399



AJS, why aren't you accepting my request to follow you! :noidea:


:lol:

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Juanmoretime
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by Juanmoretime

Yes some people like to follow. After my bout with cancer I closed my account and lost all my KOM's some that have stood for over 10 years because they just were not important. I restarted an account because the only thing now important to me is my training post cancer and seeing my recovery. FWIW my training is as strong as before so I have recovered. I do let a few close friends follow me that really encouraged me thru recovery and as a courtesy I follow them too but really I'm a data junkie so all of it is for me.
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AJS914
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by AJS914

I'm glad to hear that you have recovered from cancer. I follow my friends to see what they are up to with their rides and training. It's great as we can stay a little connected that way even though we live in different states now.

Here's a funny factoid, Lance Armstrong gets around 4,000-5,000 kudos every time he goes out for a ride.

NJ78
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by NJ78

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.

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