No matter the spin others put on it followers same as followers past friends HAS been eliminated and GAG won't admit it nor admit they made a huge investment in a dog with fleas instead of making tiny, less expensive changes
"We decided to combine our two previous features; Friends and Followers/Following.
No need to worry! All of the users you previously had on your Friends list have automatically been transferred to your Following List, and you to theirs. You guys are still completely connected and able to see each other's activity in My Feed."