I’m wondering if my old blog post is now out-of-date – not in terms of how to do a #FF, I stand by that, one tweet per person you give a #FF to with a reason to follow them is still more powerful than one tweet with 10 tweeters names in and no reason why you should follow them.
However, following a conversation on twitter today with @tomjjarvis where I was explaining that I now really struggle to do #FF as I interact with so many fabulous people on Twitter that I often don’t know where to start – I don’t want to drown my followers timelines with voluminous #FF but only doing 4 or 5 doesn’t even scratch the surface.
I do find on a Friday that the number of #FF tweets I see in my timeline is getting too many, to the point where my eyes tend to glaze over pretty much all of them and therefore what’s the point – certainly I rarely see much of an increase in followers on a Friday
Do one #FF and suggest one of my twitter lists
No, seems a bit lazy & I’d have to rejig all my lists and what do I call that list – ‘cool people’ – with the inference being if you’re not in that list you aren’t cool? Sounds like I’m back in school ;-D
Don’t do #FF any more
That doesn’t seem right to never suggest a follower or thank them – and herein lies another problem, some people use #FF to thank people, some people use #FF to highlight who they interact with most, some use #FF to suggest interesting followers.
Do #FF in realtime
So, here’s a’ crazy’ suggestion – why don’t we all just thank people and suggest people to follow in realtime
e.g. Many thanks to @tomjjarvis for a stimulating conversation about #FF this morning! #followhim – all my followers see it – why wait til Friday?
It means our timelines don’t get overwhelmed on a Friday so when we do see it during the week we might take action, plus we don’t have to sit there every Friday scratching our heads wondering where to start!
Add in an appropriate ‘Ronseal’ hashtag – say #followthem, #followhim #followher – and bob’s your uncle I’m going to try this for a few weeks anyway and see what happens, I’ll let you know!
I’d really value your thoughts on #FF and whether you think it may have had it’s day? And if you have any cool hashtag suggestions for it please share them!