To those who don’t know about it, there is a weekly tradition every Friday on Twitter where people recommend usernames (for people like Mark Drapeau, organizations like Whole Foods, and things like R2D2) to follow.
Begun on January 16, 2009 by Micah Baldwin, the idea is if I suggest John should be followed, and you already follow me, then you may decide to follow John.
Stacy Lukas is one of many who stopped recommending #FollowFriday tweeps in March.
My sense of self-worth isn’t correlated with the number of people that follow me on Twitter, and if yours is, then you have much bigger problems.
If that resonates with you, keep reading for it’s about to get personal. Here is a tally of people who’ve recommended me over the past 16 hours:
Is your name there?
Consider that while researching this piece, I saw a net increase of only 10 or so followers in the past 16 hours. I think the tag is pretty to look at it and I’m thankful to those who respect me enough to tweet me on as part of a tradition. But if few are following me (presuming they’re not already), I’ll hazard a guess few are following you, too.
In which case I argue #FollowFriday is silly and fails to satisfy.