#FF on Twitter - A Guide to Follow Friday

How to Send #FF Twitter Follow Recommendations

Twitter Follow Friday
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Follow Friday or #ff on Twitter is a tradition in which people send tweets recommending Twitter users they think other people may be interested in following. The tweets are sent on Fridays and contain the hashtag #ff or #FollowFriday.

The idea is to help people figure out who to follow on Twitter by sharing usernames or Twitter handles of your favorite Twitterers, the people whose tweets you find interesting.

It's all about helping people get followers on Twitter.

Follow Friday is an informal, loosely organized system that requires no registration or special formatting to participate. Some even consider it a game. It's mainly for fun. People do it to be good doobies and praise the people they admire.

History of Follow Friday or #FF on Twitter

The Follow Friday tradition started when a Twitter user named Micah Baldwin thought it would be a good idea for everyone to suggest people to follow in tweets. He decided to make it happen on Fridays and give it that name, Follow Friday. Another user suggested adding the #followfriday hashtag, which other people later shortened to #ff.

How to Participate in Follow Friday

  • First, decide who you want to recommend. It's common to recommend several people at once.
  • Be sure you write down their Twitter usernames carefully and double-check your spelling.
  • Now create a new tweet that starts with your list of usernames to be recommended. Put the @ symbol before each Twitter username and separate the names with a space or comma. At the end of your tweet, insert the #ff hashtag.
  • A typical Follow Friday tweet might be a simple list of user names and look like this:
    Three follow-worthy folks @gogogolady @SamanthaRoyales @HarryTrinket #ff

If you have room, it's also a good idea to include a thought about why other people should follow the folks you are recommending. That works best when you are only recommending one user, or have a common reason for recommending several.

You are more likely to get someone to actually follow the people you promote with Follow Friday if you give them a reason to visit their Twitter feed. Group three together who have something in common and start with why they are follow-worthy.

The more guidance or specificity you offer, the greater the likelihood that other people will check out your suggestions. It's also a good idea to ground yourself in basic strategies for using the Twitter followers feature.

What is the Future for Follow Friday?

As Twitter has grown exponentially, the sense of fellowship and community around #FF tweets has grown harder to maintain. Its utility does not seem to be as strong as it once was, especially as more commercial use and marketing have mushroomed on Twitter and infiltrated the Follow Friday tweets. Some websites and apps that were set up to promote Follow Friday have gone dark.

All in all, Twitter's #Follow Friday tradition remains popular. It's an international messaging system, so it's not surprising that the end-of-week recommendation tradition has become popular around the world.

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