‘Follow Friday’ (abbreviated to #FF) is the title given to a project on Twitter started by Micah Baldwin about a year or so ago to get new users introduced into social circles. Basically what happens is that Twitter users write posts (known as Tweets) on the Friday of each week including the names of other users that they recommend to follow. This list of recommendations is identified by each ‘tweet’ starting off with #FF (followed by the usernames).
Personally speaking I think the whole ‘Follow Friday’ concept is a great idea however I do have just a couple of issues with it:
- 1. The bigger the list of people you’re ‘following’ becomes, the more #FF posts/tweets you’ll need to write as each is limited to only 140 characters.
- 2. I always find myself in a bit of a dilemma not wanting to leave people out.
Social Media Guru Chris Brogan (Twitter username @chrisbrogan) who runs www.chrisbrogan.com made a suggestion recently which was rather than bombard Twitter with these #FF posts why not write a blog post with your recommendations and then post a single message on Twitter directing everyone to your blog?
Chris went on to say that there are 2 benefits to doing things this way:
- 1. It gives you more than 140 characters to talk about the people you recommend.
- 2. It cleans up Twitter so that you don’t watch a constant stream of @someoneawesome names rushing by you all day.
“Find the good people. Find people who matter to you. Share the locals. Use public Twitter lists (if the lists aren’t judgement-based, such as ‘smart people’). promote others.” ~ Chris Brogan
So with all that being said here’s my first #FF post here on the blog:
• @zarias: Atlanta based editorial photographer and creator of the now world famous OneLight Workshop, Zack’s an incredible photographer now on the world circuit. Along with his wonderful wife Meghan, Zack has shown me incredible generosity and friendship and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them both in Atlanta last November.
•@davidejackson: I discovered Dave and his work through watching one of Zack Arias’ Critiques. Dave is an incredible Portrait / Wedding Photographer based in the United States who produces stunning, natural and artificially lit images.
• @aj_wood: I first met A.J. when I ventured over to Las Vegas for the Photoshop World Conference and Expo run by the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). A.J. and I immediately hit it off and I’m proud to say that we have become real good friends; regularly keeping in touch. A recognised Adobe Expert and Instructor A.J. runs Media Cats; a successful Digital Media Training company based in Dallas, Texas.
• @picsby_mike: Mike is a Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Galway, Ireland who definitely has an eye for making beautiful photos using natural light. I’m looking forward to spending some time with Mike when he ventures over from Ireland at the end of May when we have some shooting time together both in the studio and on location. I guess we may even manage to squeeze in the odd Guinness or two as well 🙂
• @scotbaston: Now based in Devon, I first met Scot a couple of years ago at the first ever Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk that I lead in Windsor, UK and since then we have become good friends thanks to Twitter. A genuinely decent chap with a real passion behind the lens and a real nice new site and blog full of images from Landscapes to Portraits.
• @rick_wenner: Talented New York based photographer who specialises in portraits for the fashion & music industry. Rick was also a Guest Photographer here on the blog during April with a ‘killer’ article! Looking forward to finally catching up with Rick for a beer when he ventures over to London later in the year.
• @bertstephani: Bert is an incredible portrait photographer from Belgium who’s work I was first introduced to purely by fluke when I was browsing YouTube a couple of years back. A superb photographer and real nice guy, Bert is definitely someone worth following.
• @noel_hannan: Great friend, great guy and with a great eye for photography. Noel is new to the Social Media scene but certainly making up for lost time; another of life’s ‘Good Guys’.
• @erikbernskiold: From Gothenburg in Sweden, Erik is always willing to share his seemingly limitless knowledge of all things web design and software related. Definitely someone for whom the word ‘Genius’ was created.
• @qhphotography: Based in Ealing, London I first became aware of ‘Huy’ after seeing a photograph he’d taken that had been posted on Twitter. Huy has since appeared as a Guest Photographer here on the blog writing a great article about how he made the photograph giving a walk through of his superb use of ‘off camera lighting’.
• @lightroomblog: Sean McCormack from Ireland…Photographer, Sound Engineer, Adobe Community Professional, Lightroom Plugin Developer, Author, Bassist…is there no end to this guys talents? A regular ‘tweeter’ happy to share his knowledge; a real nice guy and definitely someone you should add to you list of people to ‘follow’.
• @jurgenphoto: A very talented photographer based in South Africa, Jurgen has become a good friend again through the magic of Twitter. Always offering words of encouragement, support and positivity Jurgen is a great example of a good friend I’ve yet to meet.
• @cuadraphoto: Based in Houston, Texas Andy Cuadra is a Commercial/Editorial Photographer that I have got to know over the last few months. Andy produces some stunning images making great use of off camera lighting and natural light. Really nice guy that I must meet up with in the not too distant future.
• @celticcamera: Gareth, a photographer who is a regular user of Twitter is definitely someone to keep an eye on. I definitely recommend you take a look at Gareth’s profile then head over to his blog. There you’ll find some wonderful images but take my advice and look for a post titled ‘Indestructible Incident’ that contains an image I constantly head back over to look at; stunning!
• @scottkelby: Well what can I say about Scott? Where do I start? All I will say is that without what Scott along with his team have put together with the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) there is no way I would be at the stage in my Photography career that I am now. A bigger heart and more giving person you’d struggle to find!
Through the magic of Social Networking I have managed to connect and make friends with some truly wonderful and talented people so each week I’ll be posting a new ‘Follow Friday’ here on the blog. As you can see this new approach doesn’t put a stop to my dilemma of not wanting to leave anybody out but I do have to limit how many great people I recommend in each post.