Y’know, I rarely get irritated enough to vent on twitter. And usually when things bug me I simply close the app, webpage, or whatever and move on to something else until Twitter gets its head back on straight.
But every week the same thing happens and every week I end up rolling my eyes or swearing at my timeline for the same thing.
Follow Friday is a great idea, to an extent. It’s a way to meet people, to extend your network, and so on. When you’re new on twitter it’s almost necessary as people spread your name and introduce you around. It’s like a big day of hosting and greeting and shaking hands.
But the abuses of the #FF tag have gotten ridiculous, and, quite frankly have irritated me enough to vent there and now to spend my writing time letting it all out in a blog post instead of writing on what I should be, my WIP.
So. Disagree with me if you like, but for me, here are some basic #FF etiquette guidelines
- Don’t use a tool, app, or service. Period. All they do is take the list you follow and spam your followers with it. Be nice. Don’t do it.
- Gratitude is wonderful. Thank people who tag you with a #FF, but do not add in every other person who was included in the #FF with you. Seriously, if I see you do that in my timeline that will make me less inclined to follow you.
- Limit your #FF. Please. I don’t need you to spew fifty #FF recommendations into my timeline. And honestly, after the first one, I won’t read the rest. Do a handful. Let specific individuals shine. Then next week do a different group. Honestly, there is a Friday in every week in the year. Fifty two of them.
- Make your #FF count. Tell me why I should follow someone . Just tweeting “#FF @SoandSo” honestly means jack shit to me. Why should I follow @SoandSo? Is he or she witty? Or a great photographer? Talks food, poetry, or just plain shit all day long? Do they make you laugh or cry or scratch your head? Think about it.
- And last, but definitely not least, do NOT RT #FF. You know that person you groan to see who’s always talking about how great they are and what someone said about how great they are and how, seriously, don’t you know how great they are. . . . Are you getting the picture here? Good.