Even if you just joined Twitter last week, you’ve probably already seen the signs of Follow Friday. It’s the one day of the week where people give shout-outs and recommendations to their friends and fellow Twitterverse followers of people they should be following also.
If you have no clue what I’m talking about, the hashtag #FF is used behind a tweet with your follow suggestion.
I’m asking. Are you participating?
Or has it become a bore?
Or maybe even more of a chore?
Its roots were noble enough. Simply give your followers a heads up on whose tweets you were enjoying so they could promptly begin to follow that person too.
Can we say problems?
Folks began listing their #FollowFriday favorites in one tweet. You know what I’m talking about. A long list (well, 140 characters) of nothing but Twitter handles. (Yes, I’ll admit it. I’ve been guilty!) It was a quick and easy way to give a shout-out. No meaning. Just a list. What the heck is that??
Ramp it up!
Let’s change that. What if you only recommended one person? Or at least, one person at a time. And then what if you actually took the time to tell why you find that person to be someone worthy of a follow? Do you think you just *might* be giving some meaning to your recommendations?
But, there are so many that I like to recommend and I have limited time, you say. Baloney! Last time I looked, there were 52 Fridays in a year. You have plenty of time.
Give it some thought . . .
Think about the who and why and make it a real recommendation! Also, Twitter is pretty darn fast, so you can do several in a matter of minutes. And, if you must group people, put people together that make sense. Something like “Moms that are making a difference,” or “for personal development help, these all shine.” Get the picture?
Here’s the sad part . . .
Did you know that many people don’t even login to Twitter on Friday? It’s happening more and more. Because of the cattle call, they just don’t see any value to the Twitter stream on Friday.
Let’s make a difference!
I know. Change is hard. You are in the habit. I also know that this Follow Friday thing is not working any more. Not in any shape or form. It lost its luster because it lost its true value. That of adding value to the stream.
We all know you, my readers, are crazy smart. Cutting edge, thought leaders in your own niches. So, let’s be the change. Go out there and give value and substance to your recommendations. Let’s see if we can make it catch on.
After all, it only takes a spark