Do You Post Follow Friday Recommendations On Twitter?

Another Friday will be rolling around soon and Twitter enthusiasts everywhere will be joining the popular weekly event as an opportunity to recommend their favorite followers to others.

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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  • excellent #ff tips

  • I really enjoyed reading this. I think I will that a look through your other posts!

  • Bobbye – you’re here! Thanks for stopping by.

    This approach makes a lot of sense to me, too. All you have to do is create a blog post, post the link at #followfriday or #FF, and you’re done! I think I would keep my recommendations to 3-5 people every Friday so your blog post isn’t cumbersome or lengthy.

    Your recent posts are on my “to-read” list. No excuses here, just the facts. Some days I get in pretty late from my day jobs and I simply don’t have a chance to take a look at everyone’s wonderful compositions. But the weekend is quickly approaching! Amen.

  • Melanie,
    Thanks! Great practical tips. It’s all just experiment anyway. I enjoyed Chris Brogan’s post as well. I thought it made a lot of sense.
    great #FF to you!
    Bobbye Middendorf
    The Write Synergies Guru
    .-= Bobbye Middendorf´s last blog ..Add Accountability–Blog Challenge Post 19 =-.

  • What a joy to see you here, Deb!

    Just read your YouTube post – excellent info and I can’t wait to set my eyes on your YouTube strategy! 🙂

    Thanks so much for your input. Here’s something I’d like to ask you to take about 2 minutes to read. It’s from my friend, Chris Brogan, and it directly relates to my post today and why it’s a good idea to post your recommended Twitter followers on your blog.

    Here ya go: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/turn-twitters-follow-friday-in-blog-traffic/

    Hope you’ll stop by again soon,
    Melanie

  • Hi Melanie,

    Excellent #FF tips!

    While I like the idea of writing #FF recommendations on our blogs and including solid reasons why, I wonder how many people are going to click through to a bunch of blogs on Fridays.

    Keep us posted as to what you experience in the event that you do it. I’m just curious.
    .-= Deb Augur´s last blog ..Got A You Tube Strategy? =-.