Those of you on Twitter, and who isn’t these days, will be aware of the Friday tradition of posting those users you follow who you think others should follow too. I got to thinking today, after seeing the masses of lists appear, that Follow Friday has lost it’s meaning, and started to wonder if people actually bothered to pay attention to it any more?
To which Mikey (@MadMikeyB) replied:
This approach seems admirable, if a little blinkered. If I was to follow everyone who is put forward on a #FF Tweet I’d be following thousands of people by now, and I simply cannot engage with that many. I wonder if I would actually want to engage with that many. But perhaps I have it wrong. Perhaps I should implicitly trust those people I follow already (although several of them are of dubious character) and follow those they suggest I should follow. What can the harm in it be? I guess I’m just picky.
Then I saw this from Pete (@chaosgerbil)
‘Even when I’m just (my emphasis) on a long list of names.’
Which made me think, are those who get a mention on Follow Friday placing any worth upon that mention? Do people ever get loads of additional followers on Follow Friday? Is this just one of those things that started out as something (an exchange of useful/interesting/entertaining people) but became something else (a habitual occasion of listing your friends, more to reaffirm your loyalty and respect for them rather than to expose others to them (this is not necessarily a bad thing)).
One follower of mine (we’re mutual) remarked once that she was slipping down the #FF list. Did this mean I felt less inclined to promote her, or was it just me falling into the habit of an alphabetical list of people who I wanted to know I liked them?
Interesting to see your thoughts on this.