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Stop Doing Follow Friday Wrong

Only two hours into the day on the East coast, the #FF Tweets are already flowing through my stream. I tend to not pay much attention to these, as they seem to be the same every single week. It’s not that I don’t want to find new people to talk to – I do! But you’re doing it all wrong, guys. Those boring demands could end up making me unfollow you, instead.

Fun fact! Follow Friday was originally started by Gnomedex speaker Micah Baldwin.

Don’t send out a message telling me to #FF as many names as you can fit within the 140 character constraint. When you do this, you aren’t adding a single bit of value. Why should I follow Kimmie or Ron or Mary or Blake? What is it about these people that make them so spectacular? Choose instead only one person to promote. Give me their name, and explain to me why I absolutely need to pay attention to what they are saying.

Asking people to send out a #FF with your name attached is even more wrong than spamming me is. Hello? Have you ever paid attention to a single thing any social media expert has ever said? Being this self-serving is going to cause your numbers to drop faster than almost anything else I can think of. The Internet is not all about you, no matter how good or deserving you think you are. If someone out there feels that you have something to say that others need to hear, they will automatically tell their followers – without you begging them to do so.

Along those same lines, what’s up with RT’ing every #FF post which has your name in it? The people who will see this are already following you. They don’t need to be told to do so again. I had hoped the purpose of this was to get your followers to also follow the others mentioned in the same Tweet. Sadly, I asked a bunch of users for clarification. Each and EVERY one of them said they did it to show that someone felt they were worthy of following. In other words, they were showing off. *facepalm*

Lastly and most importantly, remember something my Community Manager Kat once said: “Community isn’t about connecting people to you… it’s about connecting them to each other.” THAT is the sole purpose of Follow Friday: connecting people to each other. This, in turn, creates more conversation in your own neck of the woods. Use your powers to connect users to each other instead of trying to gain more followers for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the results.

I promise.

Are you Retweeting Mashable?

Mashable is one of the largest social media news sites on the planet. Their fearless leader, Pete Cashmore is a quiet force to be reckoned with. I have a feeling that when Pete “asks” you to re-Tweet their Twitter updates, it’s not really a request.

Are you a fan of Mashable? Do you tend to re-Tweet items you see from there, TechCrunch and our site? What do you deem to be Tweet-worthy?

Are you retweeting Mashable?

Will tweetbeat Put an End to Twitter Hashtags?

During TechCrunch Disrupt today, tweetbeat announced they are finally ready to go live. Kosmix calls TweetBeat “the end of hashtags”. With their service, there would no longer be a need to take up valuable tweet space with those annoying #words. I know that they are used to help track events, people and places. You have to admit, though, that it’s frustrating enough trying to say what you need to say in less than 140 characters. It’s even more frustrating when you have to also fit in that almighty hashtag.

tweetbeat scans more than 90 million tweets every day in order to identify the hottest topics and trends. It only shows you the best tweets about those topics. This is done by figuring out who the influencers are for any given topic, such as when Gnomedex happened. tweetbeat scans each tweet for semantic data. They also look at signals such as how much a given tweet has been replied to or retweeted.

tweetbeat lets you follow the most interesting things in real-time. You’ll discover what is being said about any event right as it is happening. You can even push a virtual pause button, taking you back to a specific moment in time. There’s a little slider tool which lets you track down the exact second a topic burst into the limelight. If you connect your own Twitter account to the service, you can quickly retweet (or reply to) anything seen on the service.

For example, over the past few days there have been almost 64,000 tweets about Disrupt from over 11,000 people — but only a small percentage have used the “#tcdisrupt” tag. TweetBeat found the tweets anyway.

If this service works half as well as it appears, we may just be able to finally put an end to hashtags. I’m still playing around and testing it out. Keep an eye open in coming days for more information and insights.

Reshare Your Favorites on Google Buzz

Our brains are already programmed to hit that Retweet button on Twitter. Now, Google is making it simple for us to do the same thing from within Buzz. The new Reshare button will be rolling out to all users during the next several days. It works much the same as the RT feature does, so users will feel comfortable using it immediately. There’s nothing to configure or install. Just click Reshare any time you come across a post you want your followers to see as well.

Choose whether you want to share a post with all of your followers or just with those you select. This feature only works with public posts, and will not work for those that are private. You’ll find the new button down between “Like” and “Email” at the bottom of your Buzz items. Click to share it out and start new conversations within your group. Add your own comments to the item if you wish. Keep in mind, though, that you will not have the ability to edit the original Buzz item. It’s cool to note that you are no longer restricted to 140 characters, so you don’t need to hack away at a reshared item in order to make it “fit.”

One of the cooler portions of the Reshare feature is the way the items are handled after you click that button. Mashable describes it as: “Once you reshare an item, it will be posted to your own timeline with attribution to the author and a link to the original post (this is the opposite of how the retweet function works on Twitter). Once an item as been reshared, it will update to highlight each of the Buzz users who have shared it publicly and outline the chain of reshares.”

This feature has been much in demand from users, and is already being met with much approval. If you’ve used it already, what are your thoughts? Are you happy with the way they set everything up?

Do You Follow the Right People on Twitter?

Finally, a service has emerged that will help us manage who we follow on Twitter more effectively. ManageTwitter lets you know which of the Twitter users you follow aren’t following you back, who is inactive, who is talking too much, and who is not. All of these are excellent ways to help you decide if each person is really someone you want to spend your time following or not.

Unfollowing a user is as easy as selecting their name and clicking the “unfollow” button. Best of all, you can unfollow several people at once! Hovering the mouse over any user will give you more information about them, including how often they tweet every day. You can also sort the various ManageTwitter fields into categories, such as by name or location.

There are a ton of services out there to tell you who you should follow on Twitter. There are services – and clients – that will help you manage your Twitter stream. There are even applications that will help you search for others you may be interested in getting to know. But until now, there wasn’t a single thing out there to help you learn who NOT to follow.

Knowing which noise to keep out of your stream is just as important as the things you DO read. Why bother cluttering your mind up with useless information or by reading inane comments written by those who don’t add anything of value to your life? Toxic people and relationships should also be avoided on social networks, just as in real life encounters.

It’s all about who you surround yourself with – even on Twitter. Your total number of followers honestly doesn’t matter all that much, people. The quality of your followers counts for everything. Period.

Thanks to ManageTwitter, I have a feeling the list of people I follow may be shrinking in the very near future.