While I'm generally very happy with the Soundcloud account that I'm paying a monthly fee to maintain, I do find the fake followers rather tiresome, and also rather dishonest. I would rather have three genuine followers - that is, real people who like what I do and wish to hear more - than eighteen or eighty computer-generated fake identities that seem to have been accumulated as some sort of automatic response to my latest uploaded recordings. The higher the number of 'followers', the more impressive it must look to those visiting my profile, but it makes me feel like a fraud and I don't like it.
I don't like the fact that, firstly, I don't have any control over these robotic fakes, and secondly, that Soundcloud doesn't seem to have any control over them, either.
I am also tired of receiving messages, probably also computer-generated, from 'people' who think I will respond favourably to 'yo wassup I wanna re-post your such-and-such...' and guarantee me some fabulous number of 'likes' from all those thousands who will get to hear my such-and-such song.
For a start, I'm not likely to respond well to someone who can't even do me the courtesy of addressing me respectfully and intelligently. I'm not an illiterate teenager who communicates, either verbally or in writing, via hip teenspeak. Furthermore, I'm not naive enough to believe that they genuinely appreciate my music and wish to share it with as many others as possible...out of the goodness of their hearts. They are peddling a business, and somewhere along the track (should I wish to accept their proposals) I'm going to be required to part with money. This, I also do not like. I do not like the apparent fact that Soundcloud condones such soliciting and appears quite happy to act as a vehicle for it. It is not what I am paying them my monthly fee for, and I would very much like to hear from a Soundcloud representative who can tell me that this is not the case and that they are making some effort to bring it under some kind of prohibitive control.
I presume that this comment of mine will appear in a 'community' forum (but I really don't know for certain because I haven't done this before)and I would be very interested to know if other Soundcloud users feel the same as I do.