Number next to our username - what does it mean?

Staten Island, New York
July 3, 2017 12:30pm CST
I am here since 2015 and it took me a while before I noticed that there is a number in parentheses next to usernames. Perhaps it's because it's sort of grayed out and not in bold, which doesn't make it pop out at me right away. Looking at my number right now I see 1228. I've seen others that have numbers in tens and even hundreds of thousands, if not higher. This gets me thinking... What does this number actually mean? What do we have to do to greatly increase our number? Does it benefit us if our number is much higher than that of others? Anyone that has insight on this please share...
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@aishanee (443)
• Cuttack, India
3 Jul
I would also want to know what It means? No one told me too.
• Staten Island, New York
4 Jul
Let's hope someone comments with an answer.
@vsai2008 (7667)
• India
4 Jul
@GardenGerty Thanks a lot for the insight :)
@Kandae11 (35267)
4 Jul
I am not sure, I suspect it might be your number of likes and comments.