10 04 2009

What in the world is follow friday?

The digital shout out for Gen Y.  We all know about the radio shout out, where you mention a friends name when you call in to a radio show.  You call in to WZZX (made that up) and tell them what you want them to play and then you hear, “I’d like to give a shout out to RayRay, my boyfriend”.  Back then, that was about the end of it, besides the fact that the name RayRay rang in your head all day.  But here in the age of Web 2.0, we take the shout out to a whole notha level.

#FollowFriday is a term used in the world of micro-blogging at one of the most popular sites, Twitter.  It might look like this


Yes, that is a real #followfriday tweet from my lovely wife.  Thanks Baby!

In a nutshell, that tells, the folks in the Twitterverse (all that is twitter.com) that you are friends with or feel they should know the user who is goodlifediva.  Again, in the primetime days of radio, that would have been the end of it, but not in the world of Web 2.0.  Now you can mosey over to @goodlifediva twitter homepage and she has a link to her website in her profile which you can click on to find out all about @goodlifediva.  You can also start to follow @goodlifediva on twitter which is litterally what #followfriday means…start following @goodlifediva.  It is a twitter tradition to only do this on friday, hence, the term, #followfriday.  The pound sign “#”  also called a hash symbol is the symbol used to help find all posts for a particular term appear in search results at search.twitter.com (a twitter specific search engine).

When you think about it, this is a powerful way to be introduced to folks online.  You see, we trust people we know and we trust them to not introduce us to folks that we cannot trust.  And though, we may not be able to meet all our digital friends in person, we can get a feel for them through their websites and tweets (140 character or less updates they make on twitter).

From time to time, I will talk about social media, because it is changing things and is here to stay.  If you aren’t involved, you are missing out.  I’m just getting started and I enjoy my twitter interactions.  I think you woud too.  Everyone has an opinion on #FollowFriday, get involved and form your own opinion. 

Here is my #followfriday list for today

tweety @goodlifediva – My wonderful wife who pulled me into the twitterverse after I saw the benefit she received from it.

tweety @arizonafitclub – I just started p90x and here is a club that offers 1 free class a week in Scottsdale, Arizona

tweety @hajjflemings – personal brand strategist that really knows his stuff and can help you create a polished image for yourself.  This is important in today’s market or any market.

That’s a wrap and thanks for reading. If this was helpful to you or not, leave a comment about your thoughts on #FollowFriday or this article.




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