You might have heard of Follow Friday or even seen the #FollowFriday hashtag flying about the Twittosphere, anywhere from Thursday through to Sunday, but did you know there is such a thing as #FF etiquette?
Follow Friday started with one tweet by @Micah in mid January which read: “I am starting Follow Fridays”. “Every Friday, suggest a person to follow, and everyone follow him/her”. “Today its @fancyjeffrey & @wiredone “. Micah stated, “I started #followfriday to highlight our friends we are proud of”.
Since #FF developed an almost cult like participation, I’ve noticed a growing trend of people sending a bunch of tweets simply listing bulk names like this: @joeblog @maryjoe @janesmith @friend4 @friend5 @friend6 #FollowFriday.
I don’t know about you but I would be unlikely to want to follow someone just because they were one of a bunch of names. At the very least it shows that you are not recommending anyone in particular for any valuable reason and at worst, this can come across as spam!
So what is the most effective way to use Follow Friday?
Just like paying someone a compliment through using the Retweet, the same goes for Follow Friday. Pay the person a compliment by giving people a reason to follow them.
Instead of (@friend1 follow this great person #FollowFriday) or (@friend1 @Friend2 etc #FF).
Simply recommend one friend at a time with something like (@friend1 provides simple, fun tips for growing your Network Marketing business through Facebook groups #FollowFriday). Or (@friend2 she has been an absolute inspiration with her awesome blogging secrets #FollowFriday). If you’re really wanting to create a relationship with a particular person, try including a URL to one of their recent blog posts.
Being generous with your Tweets will reward you enormously, The Law of Reciprocity guarantees it!
I have to admit that one of the reasons I was late to the #FF party, was come Friday, I found I just didn’t have time to go through all my Twitter pages to check who had recently mentioned me in a Tweet etc that I wanted to return the favor too. Well recently, I found a really cool tool that solves that problem: The Twitter Tag Project
Basically you just enter your Twitter username and it will scan your last 200 Tweets for names of people you’ve had contact with and display the results like this: #FollowFriday @friend1 @friend2 @friend3.
Although I don’t recommend using the ‘tweet this’ feature for Follow Friday, what I love about this site is that with the push of a button, it will show you who you’ve had mentions from or interaction with in a simple, one page format.
If you have any fun, simple Follow Friday tips or questions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Catch you on Friday @Michaele_H :-)