followed = has started following

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 27 13:44:13 UTC 2013

On Twitter, there is a "follow" button. To follow is not to make a
continuous action, but to press the follow button.

If I pressed the follow button yesterday, I followed someone yesterday.

Makes sense to me.


On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at>wrote:

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> Poster:       Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
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> As part of its blogging services, Wordpress notifies bloggers when someone
> is following their blog. On the e-mail version, there are two formulations:
> 1. X is now following your blog
> 2. X just started following you
> Their app, however, says, "X followed your blog."
> Given that they have a global work staff, "followed" could have been
> written by a non-native speaker or it could be a typo, but it's also a
> reasonable solution to describing the situation.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
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