No matter what we do online, we can’t do it all ourselves, one of the most important aspects to all this lark is marketing, promotion, getting noticed.

On twitter the popular #FF or #followfriday hashtag has always been a great way to give some of your followers some extra exposure, hopefully helping them gain more followers, this was a trend that users started, not twitter.

The trend picked up fast, with everyone making #ff recommendations every Friday. (not surprisingly!)

Yet…

I think it’s becoming very redundant nowadays seeing we have list options, list you create for any reason you want, one of mine is simply called, “not ignorant”… and the main reason is the fact to make the most from twitter you need engagement, interaction.

Else you are shouting, they are shouting.

Instead of #FF tweets filling up my stream, I have started to point to the list of Β “not ignorant” people who if you follow them will engage with you, but you must also put in some effort.

Instead of seeing my stream filled up with tweets that are just a bunch of usernames and #FF, and there are more than a few from the same people, seeing as the limit on twitter only allows you to show a few people in any tweet, I’d waould rather see people create a #FF list, then just share that link, nice and tidy, only needs doing once too.

Even using a bit.ly link so you get stats on how iften your folowers will check the list out, if they don’t do it much, drop the whole #FF idea because they clearly don’t want to see it.

If on the other hand you find people do click them, you will annoy them less by posting less tweets with a bunch of usernames.

I know several of my followers have said they dislike #FF and that is one reason you don’t see me doing it anymore, I’d rather just point them to the “not ignorant” list.

Should we start a better movement like this?

How do you feel about it?

#FF on Twitter is getting old, let’s revamp it
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10 thoughts on “#FF on Twitter is getting old, let’s revamp it

  • March 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm
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    Hi Rob. I see a lot of bloggers that want to change #followfriday and the more I see people trying to change it, the more I see it being used.
    Another blogger friend uses #MustFollow and she doesn’t have to wait until Friday to send out the Tweet. Have you ever heard of Twubs? It’s a fun site that you can use to register any # hashtag for you and your friends to follow.

    Personally I like to say why I think you should #ff significant people that you find interesting. For instance yesterday I started by praising Lisa Irby for having such a fantastic YouTube channel, blog and website. As the day went on I mentioned three other bloggers that I look up to and respect. Remember I included all of these descriptions in the tweet. As the day wore on people were RT’ing me and mentioned me in their #ff tweets and – oh well what the heck I gave in….I found myself squeezing as many names as I could into one tweet without a description!!
    So much for rules.

    It’s only twitter, it’s supposed to be fun and “social”. I just go with the flow.

    BTW – I tried to follow every person that was included in the #FF tweets when my name was included too. Otherwise, what’s the point right? πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the conversation.
    .-= Ileane @Blogging´s last blog ..Tribute to PBS Programming =-.

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    • March 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm
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      Hi lleane,

      Thanks for that perspective, I think it needs changing, can’t image what it must be like for a new users who joins on a friday, seeing all them #hastags and such, they would be baffled and think “wtf is this?” and who could blame them?

      Twubs? Not heard of it, but not keen on joining yet another site… thanks for sharing it though, maybe others will use it. πŸ˜‰

      I think we should just make it all neater ourselves, there is no way to do #FF correct, if you leave people out, they feel bad, yet you can’t promote everyone that way, else your stream looks a mess, I am finding that I ignore them more and more.

      If I was to ignore twitter for one day every week, it would be friday!

      That says alot, I doubt I am the only one either.

      There are no rules… πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for that comment, hopefully twitter users will at least think about it, the #FF way I think has passed it’s time.
      List made them redundant IMO.

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    • March 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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      Hi Mick,

      Yeah, each to their own I agree, just thought it would be a better way, and unless I share it, no-one will know. πŸ˜‰

      It will be surprising if it gains traction, not that I think I have enough reach myself to get that started but who knows who else likes the idea?

      If they do, will be interesting to see how long it takes for it to spread.

      Thanks for commenting. πŸ˜€

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    • March 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm
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      Hey Alex,

      Have to, want to… yeah, that pretty much say’s alot. πŸ™‚

      I think Friday is just the worse day to use it in the sense of how the stream looks…

      If we can lessen that, it’s gotta be a good thing don’t you think? πŸ˜€

      Thanks for the comment too…
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Monetisation, it’s not a sin! =-.

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  • March 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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    #ff lost its charm and usefullness quite a while ago. IT became a never ending list of seeminly everyones followers. Same lists every week, even from people who never followed in the first place, but just rt’ed the #ff list of other people. Waste of time and space.
    Lets not forget being mentioned in those #ff lists gets you a bonus of dm spam and spammy porn followers :o(

    I really like your idea of sending a link to one or more of the lists a person has. It could even be done with a theme for each friday.

    btw I should mention, I enjoy reading your blog in my mail everyday. I should have mentioned that way before now.

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    • March 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm
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      Hey,

      Thanks for that boost, nice to know you read it and like it. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, I know what you mean there, the same tweets going out every friday, the usefulness wore off a loooong time ago.

      The list idea is just more practical.

      It makes sense really.

      Thanks for that comment… πŸ˜€
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Make money online using the right keywords =-.

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  • April 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm
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    I couldn’t agree with you more. As a matter of fact I started my #FF list back in July 2009. http://www.urban-seo.com/category/social-marketing/follow-friday-list/
    It gives me the opportunity to write a little something about the people I am recommending, including why people ought to consider following them. Thanks Rob for being part of the evolution.
    .-= Gabriella´s last blog ..What’s This On-Page Optimization Stuff? =-.

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    • April 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm
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      Hi Gabriella,

      I think it’s a much better way to do it, as you said, it also gives you the chance to do more in the sense write a little about them. πŸ™‚

      I would much prefer more people start doing it differently, Friday is one of the worse days to look at twitter because of all the same kind of tweets, you know, just filled with @robsellen @SEOcopy @ whatever!

      It drowns everything else out…

      Thanks for commenting, and I like the way you do it. πŸ™‚
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Commentluv, more than links, comments, traffic, and why you should use it =-.

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