It’s Friday so if you’re on Twitter your timeline is doubtlessly filled with #FF tweets– which stands for ‘Follow Friday’ and is people’s way of recommending great tweeters within their network that they think others might like to follow.
I’m out of love with Follow Friday
I love the idea. I’m a huge fan of Twitter and am always keen to grow my network with interesting and relevant people – but I’m out of love with Follow Friday.
I am always over the moon when someone thinks I’m worthy of a #FF shout out – it tells me that they think I’m a valuable part of their network. And that’s great – but I think that’s about all it does these days as many people write long lists of #FFs and don’t explain why these particular tweeters are worth following or who they’re relevant too.
I very rarely find new people to follow via #FF lists and I’m sure I rarely gain followers this way – so it does little more than act as a nice act of recognition from one tweeter to another.
But there is another way…
Occasionally, I receive a lovely #FF – one that has been really thought about where one of my followers has taken the time to tell their network why they think I’m worth following. This helps their followers evaluate whether or not they should click the follow button. After all our twitter networks should be about quality not quantity and it also helps me to understand what I have done in the last week that has made me followable. That’s great as it means I can try to do it again in the future.
I have tried to follow this good example in the few Follow Friday shout outs I have made over the last three weeks:
“Follow @Ideas_Factory, an inspiring deputy head oop North for great links & interesting ideas. <who’s your #FF”
“My #FFgoes to @mikeatedjiwho offers great challenge, advice & fun too. Help him promote #esdgc<edu for sustainability.”
Now I’m not saying they’re perfect, but at least you get a good idea of whether or not you actually want to follow these guys… and I think it packs a better punch than the much used alternative:
Let’s start a revolution
I want to start a revolution… I want to see Follow Friday reinstated as a useful tool for growing our networks with quality followers.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to list only one #FF per tweet and give reasons why you feel they would make a valuable addition to your followers networks.
I look forward to reading your expanded #FFs and to finding some great new people to follow.
Or… do you think I’ve got it all wrong?
Please let me know what you think… maybe I’m in the minority here and I’m trying to fix something that noone else thinks is broken. Or maybe you’re in 100% agreement and I can wear the ‘I’m right’ badge today.. do leave a comment and let me know.
Oh, and should you so wish, you can follow me @CreativeEdu