Currently it seems that users can be followed by subscription to their RSS feed. It would be awesome if the number of followers each user has is displayed somewhere on the site.
On your profile, right above the flag weight we already have
We already have reputation to sort out the people that do their best, but why should we have followers on top of that? It's not even a reliable statistic given that you can fake RSS followers or that readers like Google Reader combine the RSS feed that several users have added under one request...
Sorting people just based on popularity is not what we want.