I dislike the entire concept of "following" and even the term itself. I like to see what some of my friends listen to, but I wouldn't say that I "follow" them.
I may "follow" an Artist in order to be made aware of any new releases, but they also spam my Activity Feed. But I guess that doesn't matter all that much, since the Feed seems to be down more often than not. To be quite honest, the old pre-0.8.8 feed layout still works and works well when the feed is available, I see what others are listening to in real time, and even how long ago they listened.
I prefer the old terminology of "subcribing" to a playlist, rather that "following" it. This isn't Twitter for pete's sake.
In older version, sharing music is as easy as dragging a track or album onto onto a friend's picture in the feed. Its a much bigger pain now. Why can't it just be simple as it used to be?
I think you should have a oprion in the poll for "other reasons". Maybe it's just me, but I really only follow playlists, and usually those I need because my conductor has put together others' versions of song we are rehearsing. So in a way I follow things when it helps our current project.
I really enjoy the "following" aspect of the Spotify community, but it could be improved upon. I'm not suggestion that Spotify emulate Facebook in any fashion, but I would propose that the profiles of Spotify users were more accessible. I use Spotify to send music to people on a regular basis and also to discover music that my professors and friends listen to. As an active musician and music student, this is very useful, but could be improved. The ticker on the right side of the desktop app is nice, but should be expanded or optimized for more of a musical community.
I don't "follow" anyone (actively, at least). That should be an option here.
I just don't find the use in it. It's creepy enough - unnerving, at the least - that other people can stalk the music I'm playing. Probably think I'm weird because of it, sometimes. I sure don't want to stalk anyone else and give them that uneasy feeling I get when I know people can watch what I'm listening to...
I'd much rather subscribe to published playlists. People put those together for the specific purpose of sharing, so it's not weird at all. I put my own playlists together, but rarely think to share them. I'm not a social music butterfly, I just want to use Spotify as the "infinite jukebox". I couldn't care less what other people are listening to, unless my own playlists get boring... in which case, I usually just let Radio introduce me to new stuff.
Hi guys, I'm tasha and i am asking ppl to follow (not me) but my playlist!
Long story short i have had to create a playlist for a work compeition and i need people to get behind and support it! It's a playlist which can take you from your morning gym session, through the afternoon BBQ and 'Into the night' (forgive the pun). Please get following and share it with your friends.