I honestly never understood this stuff.
So by spamming comments and following people, you get them to follow you back and post a comment on your stuff?
When i still used youtube, i had 800 subscribers. When i uploaded a new beat, i had maybe 100 plays, average listening time was about 10 seconds at most. But they commented: "Dope beat bro!" etc... so they found it dope, but listened for only 5-10 seconds?
I think 99% of all of this is self promoting **** and spam, in the hopes of getting more followers, plays and comments.
Do you actually care if anybody is actually listening to your music?
I would much prefer five real followers/fans who actually listen to my music and enjoy it, compared to 800 subscribers that just comment in the hopes they'll get a comment back, and never actually listened to your beat.
It's the same as facebook or reddit. You'd sell your soul for the "likes" and "upvotes", even if they mean absolutely NOTHING.
Same as in modern games and modern consoles. Many gamers play most games for the achievements. They care more about getting all the meaningless trophies and platinum a game... than actually enjoying the game. Those achievements and trophies do exactly NOTHING... except they can brag about it on a forum, where nobody actually cares.
Our society has become **** STUPID and is missing what it should essentially be about (IMO!)... enjoying music, enjoying a game. All the while we get caught up and try to enjoy subscribers, followers, comments and "achievements" instead.
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." - R. D. Laing