Feb 11, 2011

How to Give a "Follow Friday" Shoutout on Twitter

It is that time of the week again where we try to honor the best and brightest of Twitter with a #FollowFriday. A #FollowFriday, #FF for short, is a tweet that's meant to expose someone I follow to my followers in the hopes that they choose to follow the person too based on my recommendation. You can give a #FF to friends, family, informative or entertaining people on Twitter.

The mechanics of a #FF seem to stump some people. There is a right and a wrong way to post a #FollowFriday. I've observed some people give out a #FF like this.


If the point of a #FollowFriday is to give another person exposure, then this is the wrong way to give a #FF. The only followers of mine on Twitter who will see this tweet are people who follow me and @Gardenfaerie. @C_Vanderlin and @MySkinnyGarden will see the tweet also because they were mentioned in it.

What I should have tweeted is this:


Place the #FF (or the #FollowFriday) hashtag in your tweet before you mentioned any names. Now everyone who follows you will see your recommendations and hopefully follow your lead. 

5 comments:

  1. I follow people with a variety of talents and I like to include a reason for the #FF. To help group people in the shout outs, I like using http://followfridayhelper.com/. It gives you a list of all the people you recently interacted with and you can just go down the list and select names to build your tweet.

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  2. Thanks for the tips MBT! I haven't spent a lot of time on Twitter, and didn't 'get' what #FF was about. Now I have a much better understanding.

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  3. Thank you for the tips. I wish more people used #FF correctly

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  4. Good info on the #FF. I don't understand those Twitter things.

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  5. I also like Follow Friday posts that aren't just a list of random accounts, but have a REASON, like "great gardening #FF from @MrBrownThumb

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