I’m in 10,825th place in the #FollowFriday Twitter parade. Where are you in this mess of people?
Known to North American English speakers as a number sign or pound sign, the rest of the English speaking world calls the # sign a hash sign–which is preceded before certain words on Twitter for tracking purposes and identifying trends. By visiting hashtags.org, you can peruse through the most popular tags and trends today.
As you can see, the #FollowFriday hash tag is the most popular. Conceived in January 2009 by Micah Baldwin as a means of sharing two Twitter friends with his followers, hundreds of thousands of people use the tag every Friday–but the original purpose has spiraled out of control.
By example, here’s Micah’s first FollowFriday tweet succeeded by three tweets I was mentioned in recently:
Micah’s first tweet has value. Where’s the subsequent worth?
In recent months, Stacy Lukasavitz had enough with the mayhem and stopped participating. Neal Wiser summarized #FollowFriday case studies and offered his thoughts that while the concept has indeed spiraled into meaningless drivel, some people still use the tag correctly and don’t lump everyone into a single tweet.
Perhaps Micah said it best, in a blog post two months ago:
I love the fact that so many people feel so strongly about keeping #followfriday useful for everyone, and that so many people feel such ownership over the meme, that they are all so vocal.
Like Stacy, I haven’t actively used the tag in my tweets in several months. But then again, I recommend Twitter users every day–when retweeting their thoughts or web links, when thanking them for prior advice, or when singling out unique people.
Do you use the #FollowFriday tag? If so, do your recommendation tweets resemble the mishmash from Dan Philpott and others above, or like Don Knox’ blend here? Where are you–or are you–in the parade?
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that this is a follow-up to a May 2009 blog post I wrote on this subject.