Goodreads may have picked up tricks from their corporate parent since being bought by Amazon in 2012, but beta testing new features was apparently not one of them.
The social network added new relationship options on Friday. Ostensibly intended to better define how authors and the hoi polloi interact, the new options are causing more problems than they solved.
Where under the old setup you could be a friend or a fan of an author (or both), the new system offers “three ways you can choose to engage with author pages on Goodreads” : friend, follow, or favorite.
While I’m sure it sounds like follow is simply a new name for fan and that favorite is a brand new option, it’s more complicated than that. The relationships friend:fan and friend:follow:favorite don’t match up cleanly.
To start with, the old system had members forming connections with authors, while under the new system members “engage with author pages” – and yes, that is the way GR framed the interactions.
Yes, authors are no longer members of Goodreads; they’re now pages. In other words, Goodreads sees authors as things.
via Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People ⋆ Ink, Bits, & Pixels. (<-You can continue reading the full article here)