By Kristi Hines
Every Friday, you’re bound to see tons of tweets with the famous #FF for #FollowFriday where Twitter users recommend people they think everyone should follow. You’ve hopefully been the recipient of these tweets as well! But the real question, have you ever followed any of those people?
If you haven’t because you didn’t want to troll around multiple profiles, you’re in luck. All you have to do is be logged into Twitter and visit the status message directly by clicking on the timestamp of the tweet within Twitter, HootSuite, or your Twitter management client, and you will see this.
You can see from this how important your Twitter profile bio is–it is your 160 character long chance to get people to follow you! So make it count by including keywords similar to those you want following you. I have freelance writer, online marketing, blogging, social media, and photography in my bio so anyone with similar interests will hopefully follow me.
If you have you have multiple Twitter handles, you can even include those and they will be linked to automatically to the related profile. You can see that in action with @smexaminer’s bio including @mike_stelzner’s personal Twitter handle included.
So how do you get the most of the #Follow Friday’s you send out for the people you’re recommending? Here are some tips!
Follow the people you recommend. Nothing will make you look worse than recommending random people that you yourself are not following.
Individual recommendations are the strongest. I’d guess that the most beneficial #FollowFridays are ones where someone recommends one Twitter user with the rest of the 140 characters devoted to why people should follow that user.
Recommend people for a reason. I like to do my #FollowFriday’s based on the people whose posts I include in one of the categories in my Friday roundups. Each #FF tweet includes somewhere between five to eight Twitter handles plus the topic hashtag that I recommend them for –#blogging, #business, #personaldevelopment, #social media, and #seo so my audience knows what each Twitter profile is about.
Avoid the generic list. Is your #FF full of nothing but usernames? You have to give people a reason to follow those you recommend–try splitting them up and saying why you recommend them. It will make them look less spammy and more valuable for everyone involved.
And if you’re the recipient of a good #FollowFriday, do your best to say thanks. If you’re getting dozens every Friday, or suspect they are automated, it might be tough. But do your best– it goes a long way!