“Follow Friday” is a trend on twitter where people take the time to shout out some of their favorite twitter followers. This sounds like a great idea and at first it was. I’m always looking for new people to follow but now follow Friday is just an excuse to spam your news feed and annoy your followers. Here are the 3 reasons why “Follow Friday” (#ff) on twitter is a waste of time
3) People want new followers but don’t want to follow
This is a common problem I see on twitter, Some people tend to stop following others once they hit a certain number. This number depends on the person. Some people don’t follow more than 300 and others don’t follow more than a thousand. They mostly do it cause they do not want their news feed to be over filled. Why would those people follow new random people when they already follow hundreds of people?
2) We are already used to it.
When I first discovered Follow Friday it was a magical thing because I actually felt like I had twitter friends telling their followers about me. Its not like that any more. Some people (Like me) still do single shout outs where I give people a reason to follow a certain person but a lot of the follow Friday shout outs are automated. Theres a bunch of websites that let you give shout outs every single Friday without doing anything. Sounds a lot like spamming right? IT IS!!!
1) It has gotten to the point where it is “Spamy”
What is the meaning of “spam”? Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. Sending out a bunch of automated #ff messages is considered spam. There is no other way to put it.
The bottom line.
Its about time that follow Friday is put to rest. You can give a shout out to your favaoite followers any time you want to but doing it in a massive bulk just creates an annoying experience for loyal twitter users so please cut it out already.