Twitter’s Follow Friday – Fun or Annoying?

by Martha Giffen

If you’ve been connected to Twitter for as little as a week, you’ve seen Follow Friday.  It’s the day where people give shout-outs and recommendations to their friends and fellow Twitterworld  followers of people to follow.

Has it become a bore?

Or maybe more of a chore?

It’s roots were noble enough.  Tell your followers whose tweets you were enjoying so they could follow that person too.  But the problem started when people began listing their Follow Friday favorites in one tweet.  (Yes, I’ve been guilty!)  It became just an easy way to give a shout-out.  No meaning.  Just a list. Of tweeters you like.

Pick it up!

What if you only recommended one person?  And then actually told why you find that person to be someone worthy of following?  How much stronger the recommendation would be!

But, I have so many that I like to recommend, you say.  Baloney!  There are 52 Fridays in a year.  You have plenty of time.  Think about the who and why and make it a real recommendation!

Many have left!

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.

Change is never easy!

I know.  You are in the habit.  I also know that this Follow Friday thing is not working any more.  It lost it’s luster because it lost it’s true value.

I challenge my readers today to make the change.  Give value and substance to your recommendations.  See if we can make it catch on.

It only takes a spark!



 Twitters Follow Friday   Fun or Annoying?

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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