I'm a bit confused about the difference of following a post or bookmarking a question: Isn't they are of similar use?

I've only used the bookmarking part before, it seems enough for me since I can follow updates (of either question or answers) of bookmarked questions by checking their activity. So what's the advantage of following an answer, compared to bookmarking the whole post?

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ See this meta post. $\endgroup$ – Zacky Jul 14 at 13:04

As @Zacky mentioned, there is a proposed FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange. That focuses on the facts; I wrote an answer to a similar question on Arqade about the advantages of both features:

You should use the 'follow' feature when:

  • you want to receive inbox notifications
  • you want to keep the fact that you're following a post private
  • you want to keep a reference to an answer, not to a question

You should use the 'bookmark' feature when

  • you don't want to receive inbox notifications (but just keep the question as a reference); multiple comments/edits can get annoying
  • you want an overview of all bookmarked question across the network in your network profile (the 'follow' feature only works on a per-site base)
  • you want to help someone getting a Favorite Question badge
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for this useful answer. Since I will never remember which features attach to follow and which to bookmark, I have bookmarked the question and will follow the answer. $\endgroup$ – John Bentin Jul 14 at 19:45

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