Making Twitter #FollowFriday Effective

-by Al Ferretti and Skeeter Hansen

Making Twitter #FollowFriday Effective

Follow Friday was developed as a way to let people know that
they are valued and appreciated.
#followfriday: Verb. Action is done each friday come rain or shine.

A good number of people on Twitter do not know how to post
a follow Friday effectively.
Before we get into how to use follow Friday effectively,
let’s talk about how not to follow Friday.

A lot of people tend to just post a whole bunch of people to follow, with no real reason as to why. If you see a huge list of people you know little or nothing about, would you actually want to find out more about the people that are mentioned? It’s unlikely that I would actually take action by following a bunch of random people on Twitter whom I know nothing about.

This is how I make Twitter #FollowFriday effective:
Simply recommend one person at a time to #followfriday. Then write a reason why people should follow this person on Twitter. Here is an example, “#followfriday April Braswell @AprilBraswell she provides the best of the best tips for finding the love of your life.

People who are interested in finding love will most likely follow April. If you are effective (by providing value) with #followfriday, your followers will appreciate your act of kindness and likely return the favor back to you.

You can checkout TopFollowFriday it’s one of a number of twitter 3rd party tools that displays the most endorsed people of the week and how many people have endorsed you.

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@alferretti

@skeeterhansen

21 Responses to “Making Twitter #FollowFriday Effective”

  • avatar Mike Logan says:

    Thanks, I was unaware of what follow friday was.

  • very glad you posted that. FF seemed nerve wrecking with tweets giving no reason why i should follow folk. i tend to stay away from fads.

  • avatar Anne says:

    Skeeter & Al

    Love your blog as it gives great tips for using twitter basically and also extends extra help for those of us who want to use for business (and I don’t mean selling non stop but rather getting to know people who are interested in my niche)
    Anne

  • avatar MEB says:

    The reason for the long string of names and the litany of RTs of these same strings of names w/o recommendations is: “TopFollowFriday … one of a number of twitter 3rd party tools that displays the most endorsed people of the week and how many people have endorsed you.”

    A grouping of names along with a reason is also an appropriate way to post people for #FF as an alternative to the single name with a reason. I prefer to use the individual recommendation for those I feel have extra special merit.

    Regards…

  • avatar WatchDog says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting. You’re absolutely right~ Its people like you that keep things on a personal level
    vs a commercial level.

    -Al

  • avatar Dave says:

    is #ff the hashtag? Seems like we could use a post on hashtag shortcuts

  • Good Point Dave~

    Yes #FF is the abbrev. for FollowFriday.

    Anything with a pound symbol in front of it is considered a hashtag~

    Enjoy your day~

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • avatar ptamaro says:

    Good points. Adding a reason for following people is somewhat new but definitely makes sense. The list thing used to be more common and using hash tag abbreviations seems to be more popular lately as well. Twitter etiquette has been changing over time. Me, I like to #FollowFriday (or #Ff) mention folks that I’ve had contact with, received RT’s from or I just like their tweets. It’s not a regular thing with me.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Happy Friday~

    Thanks for the comment.

    Twitter Success=Engaging, Building Relationships and providing value (3 core values)

    -Al
    @alferretti
    http://twitterwatchdog.com

  • avatar andre says:

    good! thank´s

  • Thank you for expressing what I have always felt about follow friday. Some people make #followfriday a free for all. Which I believe devalues the great people they recommend.

    I love sharing the WHY someone should follow one of my FAVORITE Twitter friends.

    You guys ROCK! Totally!

    Happy Follow Friday,

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
    WE magazine for Women

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Well Happy Friday to you Heidi~

    You know I first learned about using “Happy” before a day of the week from a fellow co worker named Paula in the
    publishing industry. Everyday Paula would say “Happy” and then the day. It was both uplifting and contagious~
    You couldn’t have said it at a better time. Thank you Heidi.

    I just want to say that you are “hippest” publisher that I know. :-) Being that I worked for a top ten newspaper
    and a community newspaper in sales and marketing. The words you mentioned “You guys ROCK! Totally!” were not the A typical words coming
    from a publisher. lol

    With that being said, Keep staying cool Heidi~

    -Al
    @alferretti
    http://twitterwatchdog.com

  • Just an idea: Why not publish a blog post on your FollowFriday favorites and tweet the link? This would give prospective followers a much more in-depth idea WHY you’re recommending these people.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    That’s a great idea Kimmo~

    You have my vote for President :-)

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend my friend.

    -Al
    @alferretti
    http://twitterwatchdog.com

  • avatar Paul J. G. says:

    I try to FollowFriday as much as I can and I do add a reason behind my suggestions. But, is it complimentary to RT someone elses FollowFriday recommendations? And if I suggest a FF for someone? Should that person return the FF about me?

  • avatar Kerri Goldsmith says:

    I’ve found that my #ff recommendations are more likely to be retweeted, replied to, and appreciated if I explain why I think the people are follow-worthy. Thanks for reiterating a very valuable explanation of how to make the most of #followfriday.
    @kerrigoldsmith

  • avatar Steve SEO UK says:

    Oh no Al, not another tool! My Bookmarks Twitter Folder is a mile long!! Good one though – thanks.
    Yes, I was advised many moons ago about giving value to FF recommendations and totally agree that just giving lists of followers with no explanation has no purpose at all. I’ve actually been a bit cheeky and DM’d a few people and asked them to give an explanation why they recommend lists of twitters. Never got a reply back??

    While on the subject, it appears that FF comes in many forms:
    #followfriday, #Follow Friday, Follow Friday, FF etc, etc,
    Has the original been lost in chinese whispers along the way? What is the Original FF wording?
    I know it doesn’t really matter that much, but just curious and nothing better to think about on a cold dark evening here in the South UK!

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Speaking of “another tool” check out tomorrows post which provides access to nearly 2,000 twitter apps and tools.
    It’s like the Twitter Tool and App Store..

    Follow Friday was probably the first and still is the most popular hashtag on twitter.

    It first started with #FollowFriday then came #FF

    Whats the temperature in UK today?

  • Hi Al and Skeeter,

    I’ve been meaning to comment on your graciously citing MOI as the example here.

    1. Thank you for doing so.
    2. Oh the Joys of Follow Friday aka #FF. Indeed, early on we would often sort of massively list the @ ppl’s twitter ids. And every so often – *sigh* – to be sufficiently gracious as to return the #FF Luv given to me, I do that (it’s true, it’s true, I know it’s better to give a reason, just sometimes that would take hours to do so for everyone I want to give #FF Luv to.) So, my point here (there is a point here, lol), indeed what you are citing is a Twitter Best Practice. And sometimes, we are not perfect and still want to be gracious.
    3. A way I am sometimes a little more efficient with this is to Theme Cluster a group of tweeple I am recommending to others to follow. For example when I am involved in the Tues evening #GNO “Girls Night Out” event and “meet” and converse with a number of other ladies at twitter. I try to keep a list of who I found most engaging and will cite them as a Fun #GNO gaggle, and then list them. Or other themes – Wine Fans…. Other Dating Experts.
    4. Gasp, yes, I’ll even mention some of my “competition.” Really, there is more than enuf biz for all of us. And I am to determine each one’s greatest gift/niche. When they can’t tell me and their own website is too generic, then I cannot well-share the love. When I CAN, I DO, and most of them are then beyond amazed that I did that. Creates great Karma, grateful “competition” with whom I will likely JV in the future.

    How is the filming going?

    GO WILD! 😉

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    @AprilBraswell

  • avatar Skeeter says:

    Hi April,
    As always it’s good to hear from you. You make some good points. The filming is going great, just a couple videos left and some other back office details to finish up.

    Thanks again,
    Skeeter

  • avatar Ron Barber says:

    Thanks for the Great Info – I learn something new and interesting and of value every time I read your blog…

    Keep them coming…

    Thanks…
    Ron…

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