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I am building a platform that will have a similar structure to Twitter and I am tirelessly looking for something that could replace the terms for connections between users.
On Twitter the terms "Follower" and "Following" are used to describe such relationships, however, those terms were established in the Twitter ecosystem and I feel like it might not immediately be clear to users what those terms refer to. Do you have any suggestions/synonyms for terms that convey the meaning of the aforementioned words ?
In Twitter's ecosystem the term "Following" describes a unidirectional relationship between user A and user B, where A is interested in events of user B, but not necessarily the other way around.
The term "Follower" describes the inverse relationship, where user B is interested in events by user A, and not necessarily vice versa.
Bonus question: Can you name a term that depicts a bi-directional relationship between user A and B, where both A and B are interested in each other's events ? (Bi-directional connection).
I tried to come up with terms that seem quite... obvious ... but they might not be semantically correct.
Followers: Connecters/Connected [users]
Following: Connectees (not an official english word)/Connected to
Bi-directional relationship: Connections
While very abstract, do you think these terms would convey the intended meaning ? I ask this because English is my second language and I cannot afford to gamble on those essential terms.