If you follow a friend they do not get a notification anymore as the notification bell has been removed from the client.
You will see what your friend is playing as long as his listening habits are public and you have the Friend Feed open on the right side of your client. If he has his activity hidden no one, even his friends, can see his activity - it's private.
Thank you so much for replying! I've been puzzling over this for ages. Someone on twitter said I'd still see his activity? Naturally, now that confuses me. What's the use of following someone if their activity is hidden?
How would I know if he had hidden his activity? If his "recently listened to" isn't visible, does that mean it's hidden?
How would someone hide their list of followers?
Does that mean that the only way he would know I was following him would be to check his follower list?
(Sorry for the 20Q, I'm anxious to follow someone but I want to understand what I'm doing beforehand, and understand how that may or may not appear)
The main purpose of following someone is to check their music in the Friend Activity panel and listen to their playlists. The "Recently Played Artist" is a different option, so it does not take an effect of their Listening Activity.
Of course, the Private Session and Recently Played Artists are up to the users, and it's only their choice if they want to hide or display them.
I don't know why it does not displaying the followers tab, but it's maybe a bug, try to log out and log back in Spotify and see if there's any difference. If not change, please send me the profile to your friend to check from my end and then I can assist you further. Thanks! : )
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Does that mean that hiding the Recently Played Artist will have no bearing upon what's seen in the friend feed?
How far back does the friend feed go? I created a test account, and followed myself - it showed one song from 14hours ago. I followed someone else, and it just listed him as "other friends", without displaying anything in the friend feed. Why might this be?
(I know I'm asking the same question, pretty much, I just want to make sure I'm 100% confident in what I'm doing/what to expect)