Improving FollowFriday, week 2

Apparently last week’s post on Improving Follow Friday struck a nerve, because it was my most-read post – ever – on this blog! Given the amount of people participating, perhaps we should call this Follow Friday 2.0.

The point: let’s get away from 140-character lists of names, and just focus on one person you recommend, with the reason(s) you follow them.

Last week I proposed we answer the question together: Which one of your Tweeple would you like to go on a wine-tasting with, and why?

Here’s a suggestion for this week: With whom would you like to have an in-depth cross-cultural discussion? Cross-cultural could mean different races, different countries – someone that you are connected to who is quite different from you.

And let’s try one other thing: tag your FollowFriday tweet with #followfriday and #ff2 – that way we can more easily sort through the #followfriday noise and find the entries that give us a fuller recommendation.

I already know who I’m going to recommend – and once again, it’s a West Coast lady! Looking forward to seeing your entries!


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12 Responses to Improving FollowFriday, week 2

  1. Karen Swim says:

    I cant’ answer the wine tasting question as I don’t drink wine but there are people that I’d love to share my chocolate soy milk with! 🙂 Thanks for all the West Coast nods, great people really do come from the West. 🙂

  2. Steve, I like the idea of more findable tagging, but instead of #followfriday20, I would recommend tagging like this:

    #followfriday #v2

    There are *so* many instances of people already relying on the original #followfriday tag that it makes little sense for this wide audience to completely miss the new v2 recommendations. But, it does makes sense for people to be able to specifically find the new v2 recommendations.

    This suggested approach achieves both backward compatibility and forward refinement.

  3. Great idea. Post modified!

  4. Good change; #ff2 is even better than #v2 since it means that one day, after everyone in the world drinks the #ff2 koolaid, the #followfriday tag can be deprecated. 😉

    (And even immediately, searching simply for #ff2 will deliver meaningful results.)

  5. glhoffman says:

    Good Idea, Steve. At first, I thought FF was a clever idea, but now it has become a ‘have-to’ just to be polite to people we meet via Twitter and do not want to offend.
    Maybe we need another symbol or # that means, I still love you, but I might forget someone so won’t be doing FF.

  6. Houston, we have a problem.

    FF2 is commonly used to refer to FireFox V2. We can stick with this and just say that in the context of #followfriday it is meaningful… or we could opt for a different tag.

    At the moment, I’m leaning toward the latter. FireFox v2 is becoming less and less relevant. But if we want to change, the sooner the better.

  7. @glhoffman — If you stick with the #ff2 protocol where each recommendation endorsed one (maybe 2 or 3 related) tweeps, along with a meaningful description, the whole culture will change. People will stop expecting that everyone recommend everyone (which is pointless anyway).

  8. Oh, I SO encourage changing the mentality of long lists and multiple tweets from individuals about the hundreds of people they recommend. Changing it to one person with a descriptor is an excellent remedy, IMNSHO.

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  12. Andrew Mueller says:

    Steve I enjoyed reading your posts and have come to much of the same conclusions. I also blogged about it and suggested a better way for sustainable community building recommendations. You can read about them here I too have had a tremendous response and loads of positive comments. Seems like awareness is spreading and change is in the air, I hope :^)

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