This is an idea for an update/new feature for Steemit. I am no dev.
Most people follow more than 100 authors and while they want to keep in touch with all of them, there are maybe 10 to 20 authors that they don't want to miss a single article from. I sometimes browse through these favorites by hand, but often it is a person commenting on my posts that reminds me “hey there was someone who wrote really interesting stuff in the past”.
I would like if tracking your favorite authors was more handy.
A "favorites" tab added to one of the points marked in the Screenshot.
On the technical side I believe you could just clone the function of "following", but without any numbers displayed about it on the profil page or anywhere else. Making favorites anonymous might cause a debate about transparency, but I believe it would make the implementation much easier.