Improving Follow Friday
April 30, 2009 37 Comments
Tomorrow is yet another day when Twitterers throughout the globe will participate in “FollowFriday”, a well-meaning exercise that started a few months ago (see Tweet Zero —->) of recommending others to follow that has rapidly degenerated into noisy lists of names without attached meaning.
But it can be fixed. Here’s a modest proposal.
Instead of seeing how many Twitter handles you can cram into a 140-character post, just recommend one person, and explain why. You can do that nicely in 140 characters, or if you want to be more descriptive (and you’re a blogger), you might want to write up a quick blog post and link to it.
Either way, you’re helping people truly understand why someone is valuable to follow, and it’s a whole lot more complimentary to your subject rather than being one more @name in a list of others.
Even further, I have a suggestion for this Friday. Let’s answer a question together:
Which ONE of your Tweeple would you most want to go on a wine-testing with, & why?
Tell us about this person who’d make a great companion on a tour through a vineyard. What have you “seen” about this person on Twitter (or in real-life!) that makes you wish you could hoist a glass of Cabernet together and chat?
(P.S. Andy Seidl gives some good advice along a similar line here).
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