At first glance the whole Follow Friday thing on Twitter seemed like an interesting idea. I’m always on the hunt for interesting people to talk to, so why not receive recommendations from others? Every week I joined in with my #FF’s and @’s. Until one day someone said to me, “Deb, why do you recommend these people. Is it because they’re your friends, or that they’re writers, or bloggers? Give us a reason.”After that I editorialized: “Follow these terrific writers,” I’d post, using the remaining characters to squeeze in a few recommendations. But I wasn’t feeling it. As I found myself with fewer characters to work with, I worried that I was excluding people. Follow Friday was a popularity club and I’m not into cliques.
I began watching other people’s Follow Friday recommendations and sure enough they were pitching the same recommendations to the same followers each week. No one was adding anything new. Plus, I wasn’t really following any of the Follow Friday recommendations and after a couple of informal Twitter polls I learned that no one else was either. Every time I asked if anyone followed any of their Twitter friends’ Follow Friday recommendations, most admitted that they rarely do.
I like the idea of Follow Friday but I think it turned into something different than intended. I find my Twitter name listed among several other @’s and I don’t know why. Do these people like something I wrote? Do they read my blogs? Do they want me to get them in as a speaker for BlogWorld? I don’t know and frankly I’m at the point where I don’t even pay attention to the Follow Friday recommendations.
So I’m wondering if I’m the only one who isn’t really into recommending folks for the sake of recommending them.
Do you Follow Friday? Do you follow the people who are recommended? Tell us why…