Its Friday again, great. We all love Friday, and Twitter users in particular, partly due to a great tradition which emerged, like many features, from its users.
What is Follow Friday?
Follow Friday is a tradition on twitter which emerged as a way of recommending to the people who follow you, who they should follow.
People participate by tweeting the @handle(s) of the people they recommend together with the hashtag #followfriday. A Hashtag is a device for identifying and collating tweets, and if you click on the #followfriday hashtag you’ll see a list of everyone’s tweets using it.
Why is FollowFriday Important?
The reason why recommending people to follow is so important is:
- Your followers don’t know who you follow; they don’t see in their stream what you see in your stream. So Follow Friday is a way of passing on the best people you follow to them;
- When you include someone in a #followfriday tweet, you complement them in public, and they see your recommendation in their @mentions stream. Unlike giving to charity, this good thing is public (like virtually everything on twitter). So #followfriday gives twitter a great Friday feeling!
- Its really important to be participatory on Twitter. Some of the best things which come out of the platform are collaborative. So why not give it a go?
- People are always looking for good people to follow on twitter, so that their stream is full of relevant stuff. This leads me to my advice…
How to do a Good Follow Friday Tweet
Use the hashtag #followfriday (some use #ff but this is usually because they run out of space!)
Add the handles of the people you want to recommend. If you include a couple of handles then the receipients will see each others’ and you’ll introduce people to each other too.
Give a REASON. This is essential. There is no point recommending anyone to everyone if they can’t work out why. If you give a reason, you’ll be helping them decide whether to bother. Here’s a great #followfriday which proves the point:
— Bullying UK (@bullyinguk) February 19, 2010
So who do you recommend this Friday, and WHY?