I'm noticing that whenever I get followers, they're not showing up on my follower count, or they will show up then disappear. Let me backtrack. I have a good amount of followers, in the 5 figure 1000's, and I used to get about 50 to 100 or more followers a day, all through great pinning, which I worked hard for to increase my reach. Then something happened between me and a very popular blogger and I started getting harassed stealthily. Shortly after this happened, I started to notice a decrease in followers, but I figured it was just a slow time.. Then I began to notice that my follower count was only showing maybe 1 follower tacked on a day, even though I received 20 plus email notifications of followers each day.
After a while of this, I contacted pinterest help and explained what was happening. I received a very terse and cold response saying my account was fine and adding the followers as they followed me. When I tried to show her, very nicely, I might add, some proof of how it wasn't fine, she closed the request then forbid me for a few days to ask another question. I was flabbergasted, but decided to just let it go and hope whatever it was stopped and went back to normal.
Well, it hasn't..and it's gotten worse. I've been watching the numbers for over a month now, and people who follow all of my boards (which is rare since I have a lot of boards) register when they follow me, but the big haul, the people who follow only one to several boards, do not register in my follower count at all..ever, and if they do, it's taken off almost immediately. Then I asked some friends to help me test this..and this was the true revelation that kind of sealed that something fishy is going on. Me and one friend each got 5 friends to follow only some of our boards all at the same time. Friend's follower account immediately recorded all 5 followers, while mine recorded none. Then we did it again with another 5 friends, and the same thing. I only got one tack on and she got all, 10 total.
So, in retrospect, from 50 plus to 100 plus followers a day, to maybe 1 or 2 followers a day showing up in my follower count, even though the email notifications are 20 plus. I'm worried powerful blogger has something to do with this, since she is well-connected, and could be connected with some of the techies at Pinterest. It's almost like I've been secretly sandboxed. I don't know what to do or where to go for help, because I'm afraid if I try to point it out in the help center again, in hopes of everything returning to normal, things will get worse for me. I'm sorry this was so long, but I'm kind of desperate now