Giving Good Loving To My Top Follow Friday People

by Jan Geronimo on September 25, 2009


Follow Friday list in Twitter is a great meme.  It’s a wonderful occasion to pay back the many kindnesses, generosity, and all-around helpfulness of people. They are practically strangers to you in the traditional sense, but they keep you company like a true friend and share with you their precious time and knowledge.

But giving your follow Friday recommendation in Twitter sucks.  To give a coherent shout-out you need to limit your top pick to one or two persons per tweet.  Go beyond that number and you’d have nothing but a  roll call of names.  Truly exasperating.

You mean well by it, but to be honest I am not moved if you dump me with eight or 10 other people in a single tweet.  I’d rather you ignore the meme and just talk with me about what’s up with you today.  That’s more satisfying.

If you can write a coherent recommendation in 140-character, fine.  Congratulations.  I’d rather write it here on my blog instead where I don’t need to truncate my sentiments.

My recommendation, however, is not a definitive list.  If you feel I’ve left you out, tell me.  If you’ve engaged me in meaningful – and even inane – conversations, gave me links to help me grow a brain, and generally made me feel like a rock star, why, you’re a shoo-in.

Here are my top recommendations with a link to their recent post.

Top conversationalists

Cool Writers

Jedi Bloggers and Friends Who “Get” Twitter

Who are the top Twitter people in your list?  How do you give #followfriday love to them?

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    You're still having headaches, Doc Z? ... Oh, I meant to ask you this, but I always forgot. Can you put subscribe to comment plugin in your blog? It's hard to follow up on conversations there now that you got fed up with Echol. ",)
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    BTW, I have been wanting to do that. Primary reason why I wanted to redo my
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    Oh, and my headaches disappeared Monday, but the blues came in. LOL (Monday
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  • I just wanted to say that I totally dig this idea just a bit more than Follow-Friday (not to say that FF is bad or anything). I just like that you've taken it a step further in this case...
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    swept away like so much debris in the great surging river that is the
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  • Hi LJ! Thanks for including me despite my long absence. Will write about the flood and what we went through soon. Therapy na rin for me.

    Thanks again!
  • That would be something to look forward to ReyJr. Right, Jan?
  • @Rey: You're a natural writer - how can I miss including you in my fine list? No way.

    @Jen: If Rey doesn't want me digging up in his archive, he'd better deliver on this promise. Ahehehe
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  • Thanks for including me on this wonderful list. I appreciate it very much. :)
  • Well, deserved, MJ. You're welcome. ",)
  • Thanks for the link love. :)
  • It's my way of saying hi. ",)
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    Hey, Jaypee is here :D
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  • Thanks! ",) TweetDeck and Hootsuite both have filtering functions. You
    can group people whose tweets you absolutely need to see. Maybe you call it
    your Close Friends. That way you filter out the noise, spam tweets.
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  • Just between you and me? You're the only one from the Retweet Club that
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    Regards sa mga jedai Bloggers.
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  • Hey Jan! Haven't you had another urge to write a Follow Friday?
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  • Because I need a brain upgrade? :) Thanks, Madz.
  • You can have mine Jan. Slightly used, LOL!
  • Aba, wala pang wear and tear yan. Great! Ahahaha
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    You are one of the most generous bloggers I know. Always handing out link love like a Krishna on an airport concourse.

    It's a pleasure to hang out with you.

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    Thanks for the mention. I would still post my #FF but only those I truly read and follow. That's why I only have around 2o plus. Yours is an enterprising idea, the first of its kind I read so far. What do you expect from the Jan Geronimo himself?

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  • I've been on twitter long time... since 200& I think... never really figured it out! Time to bite the bullet.
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  • Roy
    Thanks for the FF Jan! It's 5am. I'm up early, trying to make up for the lost time last night. I hope you're fine now.

  • Yeah, blame it all on Typhoon Ondoy. What a wet rag this Ondoy... I'm okay now. Slept a lot, took some meds, and wallah - feel better now. :)
  • Thank you for including me in your FF list, I was following most of these fine people already, but now I am following everyone on the list except one who had their updates protected.
  • Yeah, that's rather strange - putting someone up there with protected updates. I'd edit my list. Didn't know she changed her privacy settings. :) Thanks for pointing it out to me.
  • Ah there you go again, giving acknowledgement to others in such a grand way. I am honoured you would acknowledge me for those traits within in such a prestigous list.
    I am inspired by your inclusive nature, and the manner in which you nurture others success.
  • Ah, it's my grand way of weaseling out of the "obligatory" #followfriday thing in Twitter. A post is more permanent while a tweet gets easily buried in the time line.
  • Gem
    Thanks for including me in your top conversationalists. I was about to retweet this post (as a gratitude) as well as some other interesting posts I'm seeing, but at this time I'm lending my Twitter timeline to those who need help (that is, the poor victims of Typhoon Ondoy), so I'm leaving a comment here and a hi. :-)
  • You're welcome, Gem. :)
  • Jan, Thank you for including me in this spectacular list. Now I have a whole bunch of new people I hope to connect with!
  • This is long overdue and no doubt inspired by your post on the same subject quite a while back. @joannayoung had a similar post, too, right?

    It took a while. I had to get the Apture plugin first - again, inspired by your example.

    So you see, you're the Pied Piper. I march to the beat of your beautiful music. :)
  • I was surprised in a delightful way to see my post under your above Recommended Reading section along with blogs from great minds like Mashable, ExtremeJohn and DailyBlogTips. Thanks for the honor and making em blush! :P And yes, I almost forgot to mention - you have got a very nice blog here. ;)
  • Your post resonates with me. It adds value to the topic. And that's why I didn't hesitate to point my readers to your well-written post. :)
  • Hi Jan,

    What a great list of links. I agree. Follow Friday is a good concept on Twitter, but like you say, the links can easily get lost. Several times I've posted, "If you want to follow good peeps, just follow everyone I tweet with". Another time I did individual tweets for everyone and their blog, but don't know if that helped their traffic or not.

    Thank you for including me in you list of link. I am humbled and honored.
  • #FollowFriday lists in Twitter have short shelf-life. As these are retweeted it's all right it's getting eyeballs. And I've read too that Twitter only keeps a database of tweets for only X number of months. After that, and unless you've downloaded a copy of your own tweets, these are gone.

    Oops, I got it wrong about the short shelf life of tweets. Just read from Louis Gray's shared item in Reader that Twitter after all is saving all our tweets in its database.

    I'm sure a lot of people have referenced your recommendations, Barbara. Chalk it up to credibility. If you're using Hootsuite, it has statistics - so you can check the click-throughs in your tweets and all sorts of metrics. :)

    Anytime, Barbara. It's my pleasure. :)
  • Hi Jan,

    I think I found my name here! Thanks for the link . I love you Jan, Muah! Hehehehe!
    I owe you bro! I will cherish this every moment and every letter in this post!

    Kidding aside bro! Thanks!

  • You're welcome, Jhong. :)
  • MountainDreamer
    Well, thank you for the shout. I must say I'm impressed with your idea. I think it's a great way to recommend people, without clogging the time line. Many times on a Friday I don't pay much attention to twitter because of the mass #FF's. I like to recommend people I know or my blog buddies. I think I may start doing it individually with a reason, or I may just follow your lead and do a blog post.
  • Yeah, I find it so stressful I make myself scarce on Friday night. Well, if I know the tweeter and he or she has no history of being spammy, I find it easy to retweet the stuff out there. Otherwise, I'd tweet a few and stay away.

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  • Thanks lolo Jan for the love. It's really a pleasure to be part of your Top Conversationalist list. :D I'll strive to tweet with more quality and of value. :)

    Hope your having a great rainy Saturday today. God Bless!
  • Wow, super fast. You're on the ball, Jed. You're welcome. Anytime! :)
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