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If you’ve seen a tweet including #FollowFriday or #ff and a list of user names preceded by the @ symbol and you are wondering what it is, or how to use it correctly I will explain, with some background help from Mashable.
#Followfriday was started a long time ago by someone who thought it was hard to choose people to follow and thought it would be a good idea to recommend your favourite followers to other users, so that they could follow them too.

Explained in detail here on mashable back in 2009
It was a brilliant idea, that caught on quickly.

However, I’m not sure how ever people really use it like that any more, do you follow people that are suggested by followfriday?
I don’t think people bother which is a big shame.  It almost makes it pointless.

I actually do follow recommendations on a #followfriday, admittedly not all of the time and obviously not all of the suggestions but I select several users that look interesting, as I do respect my followers choices.

One reason some people use #FF  for statistics. How many #followfridays can you get so that you get a higher ranking. including this website TopFollowfridays

How to tweet a #FF.

#FF or #Followfriday @whoever (for what reason here – optional)

When you first sign up to Twitter it is simple as you don’t have many users to choose from but as you get more and more it gets increasingly difficult.

It wasn’t long after that became noticeable to me that even though I was getting a lot of recommendations on #followfriday, I didn’t actually get any followers from it, so I gave up with it for a while.

Once I had reached what I thought good number of brilliant followers I realised that I wasn’t giving other people the chance to see what great users there are out there, so I started doing #followfriday again.

Try not to take the easy way and tweet a whole load #FF @’s on them as it looks like spam, it annoys people and your followers will just ignore it. I think a few tweets is fine but spread them out  over the day.

Another option is to create a list – with your all of your follow friday suggestions but I don’t think people look at that too closely.

Probably the best way, it to select a small assortment of different tweeters each week, and writing a sentence about why other people should follow them, but it does take a long time and you need to keep a record so that you choose different people each week.
@zee from The Next Web suggests that you just choose 1 special person each week as its very annoying for others to see pages of #FF’s (known as MASS #FF) especially if they follow a lot of people. Zee wants mass #FFs stopped!

If you want to find suggestions from other than your followers just type #followfriday or #FF in search on or click one that you see in a tweet.

Tips and Help

The Twitter Tag Project are pretty helpful but there are a lot of repeated @names or some random ones?
Followfridayhelper is helpful as the name suggests –  @mrmweb introduced me to this. It chooses all of the users that have tweeted with you, from the most tweets to the least. Which is a great way to pick users as we all want to follow people who tweet to others, well I do anyway.

Edit – This way you can still just choose one or two people (or more if you have too). You do not have to tweet ALL of the suggestions from helper. It is one of the least time consuming way I’ve found. At the end of the day, you can tweet it as you wish but do try to follow some of the recommendations given out as #Followfriday s as most users don’t just suggest any Tom Dick or Harry 🙂

Drawing by me and screenshots are my own.
Hope this helps.