I wanted to talk about #FF or #FollowFriday on Twitter. While most of us shudder at the thought of those hashtags on Fridays, some of us revel in it. I, like others I know, love the chance to really recommend people they believe are great accounts, but feel like there is no good way to do so. The #FF and #FollowFriday hashtags have been overrun by
people/accounts that really have no interest in anything other than getting as many followers (whether they are robots or not) as possible. However, some of us still try to use the hashtag as it was meant to be used, and so I made this list in hopes that if you do join in on the fun of #FF or #FollowFriday, that you can do so with the proper intention and make sure people really see your recommendations for what they are, and not just noise!
- Look at the accounts you consider to be engaging. Accounts that are dishing out great information and talking to others. Come up with your list of recommendations according to who you love to follow or read tweets from.
- Come up with a reason, short and sweet, as to why you want your followers to read tweets from this account like you do. What is so great?
- Now, you can make a list of the accounts you want to recommend. You can make it short or long, but make sure you really do want others to follow the accounts you are recommending! Here’s an example list:
#FF @PamAnnMarketing because she just plain rocks SEO and social media! Great lady!
#FF @YouTooCanBeGuru for her great information and advice. Never a dull moment with her!
#FF @MktgNerdette for fun and informational marketing advice! She’s awesome.
Note: Generally following this example, “#FF @ThisAccount because they are super awesome at sharing and caring!” is considered polite.
— Roxanne R. Roark (@r3socialmedia) June 8, 2012
Now you’re ready to tweet about your favorite accounts and do it in a way that your followers can appreciate! Just copy and paste your recommendations ever-so-often between your other, regular tweets, to begin sharing them and keep up your engagement! Make sure you reply to anyone that thanks you! 😉