For those new to Twitter, #FollowFriday (or simply #FF) became an international event in early 2009. It started as a simple way to recommend other people to follow (and know) on Twitter. #FollowFriday is easy to join in and one of the most popular ways to show appreciation for others on Twitter.
Here is an example:
And a social media cartoon from Rob Cottingham that hilariously captures the spirit of #FollowFriday:
C.S. Lewis appropriately remarked, "Friendship is born at that one moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
That being said, one challenge I have experienced with #FollowFriday is how to quickly discover more information about the people recommended.
Here are 8 Ideas for #FollowFriday to help you serve others by creating more connections on Twitter:
1. The Location Follow
One of the first lists I created on Twitter was one to keep track of people in my own city. This is a great way to promote local businesses and professionals.
2. The Common Interest Follow
Common interests are also a great way to connect people on Twitter. Discover something in common and promote it!
3. The Profession Follow
Take the time to promote professional resources in the same field:
4. The Personal Recommendation Follow
This is one of my favorite ways to recommend someone on Twitter. Of course, you don't have to wait until Friday to do so :-).
5. The Profile Follow
The good folks at Drivin Media sent out a generous #FF tweet with my Twitter profile word for word. Let me return the favor to them and some other nice people:
6. The College Follow
If there is one thing people love to brag about (especially during basketball and football seasons), it is their schools:
7. The Retweet Follow
Here's a common way to share someone else's recommendations to your followers:
8. The Follow Back
If you take the time to follow the people someone recommends, be sure to them let them know:
What are other recommendations do you have?
Thanks for sharing and for connecting good people on Twitter!