When making a status, it will notify your watchers that The person has said something. It is nice to be able to get information from people you follow in case there is some important information that has been said so you can get it, or just to be able to be updated with them in general. You can also implement something such as a check box when following a person to either get notifications from said person on their statuses or not. Currently for the status updates you don't get notified they have said anything so then they just get shoved down with the rest of the news feeds when you follow or comment on something. it just gets lost and never seen.
Customer support service by UserEcho