What is #FollowFriday (or #ff)? (Best Practices)

#FollowFriday is a meme on Twitter where you recommend to your followers some of the people you follow. It's the Twitter equivalent of a blogroll or a links page on your Web site. And, as the name implies, it happens on Friday.

While it's a great idea, because it introduces you to a bunch of really cool tweeps you may not have discovered otherwise, I've noticed that some people are doing it poorly.

Cramming a tweet full of Twitter handles without any explanation of why you should be following these people is pointless.

Ff-bad

The only thing worse is when someone retweets (RT's) someone else's #followfriday list.

Ff-worse

I mean, that's just lazy.

If you truly think someone is worth following, then you should explain why that person is worth following:

Ff-guidingstars

or

Ff-nicki

By the way, if you're not following @guidingstars or @nickihicks, I'm recommending that you do. And now you know why.

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Rich Brooks
aka @therichbrooks

  • I like your examples, however it also seems @nickihicks works at your company. So it may be wiser to state that in the #followfirday tweet.

  • I like your examples, however it also seems @nickihicks works at your company. So it may be wiser to state that in the #followfirday tweet.

  • Carlos,

    True, Nicki does work at our company, but that's not why I recommended her for #followfriday. In fact, @guidingstars is also a friend of mine, although I recommended her because I'm trying to eat healthier.

    BTW, Carlos is also a friend of mine, but you should still follow him, too: http://twitter.com/CarlosHernandez

  • Carlos,

    True, Nicki does work at our company, but that's not why I recommended her for #followfriday. In fact, @guidingstars is also a friend of mine, although I recommended her because I'm trying to eat healthier.

    BTW, Carlos is also a friend of mine, but you should still follow him, too: http://twitter.com/CarlosHernandez

  • Thank you so much for the explanation and examples. I am newer to Twitter & as such haven't participated in Follow Friday yet. Now when I start, I can do it "the right way".

  • Thank you so much for the explanation and examples. I am newer to Twitter & as such haven't participated in Follow Friday yet. Now when I start, I can do it "the right way".

  • Thank you for the explanation of #FF (As I saw it in my Twitter feed) and promoting the best way to use it that benefits everyone. I’m still a novice when it comes to social media, but what I embrace [about social media] is the ability to support, recommend and help out others.

  • Thank you for the explanation of #FF (As I saw it in my Twitter feed) and promoting the best way to use it that benefits everyone. I’m still a novice when it comes to social media, but what I embrace [about social media] is the ability to support, recommend and help out others.

  • Anonymous

    thanks, rich.  never have i felt more elderly and out of it than when i just had to google “what is #ff”.  thanks for being there.

    jill
    http://inbedwithmarriedwomen.blogspot.com
    twitter:  @Jill_Hamilton