I tend to agree with you, Dylan. I don’t see much value added in the “Follow” function, especially if it doesn’t notify, via email, one of any activity by those they follow.
The plug-in that is used for the follow function states:
“This plugin adds:
Following / Followers tabs to user profile pages
Follow / Unfollow buttons on user profile pages and in the members directory
A new “Following” activity directory tab
An “Activity > Following” subnav tab to a user’s profile page
Menu items to the WP Toolbar”
It doesn’t mention anything about notifications. And, based on what I can see from my use of it, it doesn’t appear to include any music posting activity, be it posting a song, or commenting on a song.
It appears to cover only items pertaining to actions taken in their profile (updated profile pic, etc.) or in the forums.
Again, I agree with you that it doesn’t appear very useful. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of other “follow” plug-ins available to replace it with.