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The previous wording in the tag hover-text listed the number of "subscribers" in the top left. Now I'm seeing "followers", and a substantially larger number of them. For example, in the tag, I saw yesterday that there were 7 subscribers. Now I see this:

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Does "followers" imply the number of people that have listed in their interesting tag list? I can't imagine that many people suddenly began subscribing.

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I'm pretty sure it's indeed the number of people who have it in the interesting tag list. The nearby star implies that, and clicking it also increases the number by 1.

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So now it's a popularity contest! – Yi Jiang Jan 16 '11 at 0:32

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