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A Pinterest Problem: Involuntary Following?
By: Christine Geraci
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Today I'd like to share a rather perplexing situation involving Pinterest. I've done some research and I'm still kind of stumped about what could have happened, so I'm wondering if our loyal readers might be able to help. 
 
The other day, I began scrolling through my Pinterest feed on my phone, and noticed pins from a person I do not follow. Upon further investigation, I realized it was actually the board of a brand that I do follow, so I un-followed the board, and that took care of that. Or so I thought.
 
A couple of days later, I returned to my feed to find a boatload of comic book-style pins. Hey, I like comics, not going to lie. I figured it was another issue with a brand creating a board. But I didn't recognize the pinner. 
 
So I checked out my own profile, and that's when I realized I was following triple the amount of people I thought I was following.
 
Uh-oh. 
 
So of course, I went through and un-followed all of these characters. Ironically, no one seemed to look like a spammer or some other malicious entity. Like the comic book guy, for instance. He just really liked Batman.
 
But I hadn't voluntarily followed him or any of the 60 other people who magically appeared on my "following" list. How did that happen? 
 
What's weird about this to me is that I've always assumed that the magic of Pinterest lies in the pin itself — not in the number of followers someone has. It's the likes and repins that really matter, since a person can engage with your pin without having to follow you. 
 
Yet, apparently some folks out there think otherwise. I'm watching my account like a hawk now, just to make sure it doesn't happen again. 
 
Anyone else encounter a problem like this?


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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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