Some people choose to post at #followfriday and some prefer the shorter version, #FF. If you’re brand new to #’s (hashtags), visit http://hashtags.org or do a search for hashtags on Twitter to learn more.
Follow Friday recommendations are oftentimes referred to as “kudos”, “mentions”, “reco’s”, and “shout outs”.
Here are my Four Best Tips for getting desired results using Follow Friday recommendations:
1) Don’t just “clump” a pile of names (Twitter ID’s) together in the same post. It’s the standard approach I see all the time and it won’t work to get your favorite followers the attention they deserve. No one wants to take the time to rifle through name after name in order to check out each person’s profile.
2) Don’t create posts like: “Follow so-and-so” or “Follow my friend, so-and-so, he’s great.” Does that really make you want to check the person out? No, I didn’t think so. You may think your Twitter friend is great, but why should I?
3) Give each of your recommended followers their own chunk of the spotlight. Praise each one individually to share their talents, skills, expertise, and personality! For example:
Be sure to follow @shoestringgal to tap into the most Powerful Free Marketing Platforms! #followfriday
Look to @MarthaGiffen for inspiration and expert online marketing start-up tips. High-spirited & fun! #FF
Check out @HeatherBestel – the “Queen of Calm”. She’s an expert on helping you find more ME time! #FF
4) And my all time favorite tip is to place your Follow Friday recommendations in a BLOG POST. A blogging platform is the perfect venue to make your Twitter followers shine! You can include a bio, a short story about each person, or a list of products or services they promote. You might also want to share how you met and why you decided to follow these folks. Posting your Follow Friday shout outs on your blog gives you total creative freedom and flexibility!
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