If you use Twitter you may have seen #FF or #FollowFriday. Maybe you use this hashtag already. I have some thoughts on getting the best out of them which I have shared below.
Follow Friday has been around for some time (mid Jan 2008), and is a tweet you can send every Friday recommending who your followers should follow.
Think about what your objective is when you are sending a #FF. It may be:
- To massage someone’s ego
- A genuine recommendation
- To align your self with another Tweeter
- To raise your profile with that tweeter
- To simply be a great person who wants to help your followers
Any of the above is fine!
Send your own #FF – Best Practice
You can of course send your own Follow Friday tweet, and here are some suggestions to help you with this:
- I always recommend that when you send a Follow Friday that you minimise the characters by using the hashtag #FF (rather than #FollowFriday)
- Also, help your followers to gauge whether the recommendation is for them. For example, don’t simply do: #FF @LisaMariJones @Aardvark @Meerkat @elephant (and thus fill your 140 characters with people to follow. I am unlikely to click and read the streams and you will have failed.)
- If you like them, tell me why. eg. @LisaMariJones Great for tech and social media blogs, @WayneABarclay likes Arsenal for his sins and tweets about tech.
- Don’t forget that apps like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck can help you schedule, so you don’t need to set your calendar to remind you every Friday to send one.If you see a good Twitter stream any day of the week, get your tweet ready.
A few resources
- You can see how Twitter ranks #FFs on the following website here and also get recommendation from this site if you login
- You can read a history of #FollowFriday here:
For more information on hashtags, see my previous post.
So, get your #FF hashtag at the ready and get some real value from it. I’ll be watching!
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