Gini Dietrich

How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

By: Gini Dietrich | April 2, 2013 | 
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How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations WorkAbout four years ago, I got fed up with the way #FollowFriday was done on Twitter and decided to highlight just one person each Friday.

If you spend time on Twitter, you know what I’m talking about. The endless list of Twitter handles with no real reason to follow them, other than someone said so.

In the early days, I kept a spreadsheet of the people I recommended and would do it by city or passion or job or experience, just to differentiate the way I did it.

In this completely fake tweet, I recommended my team so you can see what I mean. Gross, right?

Origination of #FollowFriday

Over time, Fridays became extremely annoying. Not only was your stream full of recommendations for people you didn’t know, you had to respond to a gazillion tweets that included you.

Our #FollowFriday Recommendations

So our own recommendation engine was born. We began to highlight one person and spent 500 words or more describing why we think they rock and the many reasons we think you should follow them online.

Doing it that way allows us to dive deeper into a person’s experience, his or her hobbies, and what we really love about having them around the blog every day.

It also allows me to get to know someone who visits Spin Sucks regularly a little bit better.

You know, that thing called relationship building? As it turns out, it works.

But, as of late, something interesting has been happening.

People are asking me what it takes to get recommended.

How to Get Recommended

This reminds me of the time I asked my sister-in-law what she wanted for her birthday and she responded with, “I was taught never to ask for gifts.”

Fair enough (though I did ask her), but that’s kind of my feeling when people outright say, “When are you going to recommend me?”

If you don’t participate in the comments here, you won’t be recommended.

The point is to introduce community members to one another, not to recommend you because I like you or have fun with you on Facebook or Twitter.

We have a very active community here. People meet one another here, they become friends, they do business together, and they pimp one another’s content, activities, fundraisers, and more.

I love that.

I pay very close attention. If you’re new, we welcome you with open arms. As you comment more often, you’ll have conversations and debate with people every day. You’ll have people tell you how smart you are, you’ll get fired up, you’ll disagree on certain topics, and you’ll even change your mind about some of your preconceived notions.

This is our way to give back to you…to thank you for spending part of your day with us.

If you don’t do that, it doesn’t make sense to introduce you to the crazies community through our weekly recommendations.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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adammbsmith
adammbsmith
3 years 1 month ago

I was planning to keep guest blogging awesome articles until I felt I was worth of a mention.
Then I’d ask very nicely… and pitch another awesome article at the same time
How does that sound? :)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

adammbsmith And commenting here is great, too!

adammbsmith
adammbsmith
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich Btw, do you have any recommendations on how to pitch a guest blog post to Danny Brown?

jasonkonopinski
3 years 1 month ago

adammbsmith ginidietrich Promise him sheep.

adammbsmith
adammbsmith
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski adammbsmith ginidietrich Lol, I thought he was Scottish, not Welsh!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

adammbsmith Yes! Hey, dannybrown ! Adam wants to write a guest post for you. Word.

Danny Brown
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich adammbsmith Hey there Adam, hit me up at danny (at) dannybrown (dot) me. Just don’t say you came via Gini, they usually get filtered and deleted without opening… 😉

adammbsmith
adammbsmith
3 years 1 month ago

Danny Brown ginidietrich ha ha, will do. Thanks for the opportunity :)

glonigro
3 years 1 month ago

Your take on #FF is well thought out and makes excellent sense. I don’t really participate much in #FF, but once in a while I get introduced to a whole new set of people on Twitter and I reciprocate. Generally speaking though, I don’t really participate.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

glonigro I like doing it this way. It makes me happy to feature people who spend their days with us. What I don’t like are the demands to feature someone when they don’t even read the blog.

KenMueller
3 years 1 month ago

And….it works!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

KenMueller Amazing, isn’t it?

katskrieger
3 years 1 month ago

I love your #FF. I have gotten to know so many people through your community. Truly a blessing in so many ways. And the day I got my #FF was seriously the best day of 2012. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it came close!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

katskrieger LOL! Maybe in the top five?

katskrieger
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich katskrieger Top 5 for sure….along with Amadea walking, completing my first 5k, losing 40 lbs, and hmmm maybe it is Top 4. LOL

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

katskrieger LOL!!!! Did you really lose 40 pounds? I guess I didn’t realize it was that much. Wow.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich katskrieger I love meeting people and having no idea about things like that. I looked at a pic of Kat yesterday, admired her always perfect red lips, thought of how she is such a good model of successful healthy woman. I just assume you’ve ALWAYS been so! Congrats!

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd ginidietrich katskrieger So cool…and this is what it’s all about!  Getting to know each other better!  Kat – Congrats on all your exciting 2012 events

annelizhannan
3 years 1 month ago

I find your Follow Friday’s one of the best features of Spin Sucks. I gave up on the torrent of noise on #FF on Twitter a long time ago but always enjoy reading about your selection for the week. It offers me the value of human quality rather than simply a handle. And for me it works as I frequently follow but for those to ask for a recommendation would only burst my bubble of richness and sincerity.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

annelizhannan I probably shouldn’t say this out loud, but when someone asks, it makes me NOT want to feature them, even if they were on the list to begin with.

annelizhannan
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich Anyone who actually reads or follows your posts and writings would be able to deduce that without much gray matter effort. I thus question the authenticity of those that ask you as being true fans or followers 😉

tnfletch
tnfletch
3 years 1 month ago

I found your blog a few weeks ago and I’m really enjoying your topical and useful content. I love the #FollowFriday feature and find it so interesting to learn to from others and see what they are doing and creating in the world. I agree the #FF feature on Twitter is very vain and useless for those who are trying to connect with like-minded people who can inspire us. Thanks for sharing great content!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

tnfletch Thanks, Tara! I’m glad you like it. I love writing it…it allows me to get to know people who comment here a little bit better.
You’re in Appleton! Do you ever get down to Chicago?

tnfletch
tnfletch
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich tnfletch Absolutely, I love Chicago! It’s such a fun city!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

tnfletch Let me know next time you’re down this way!

giesencreative
giesencreative
3 years 1 month ago

Asking for a recommendation seems similar to pitching stories without thinking what’s in it for the blogger or journalist. Not a great plan.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

giesencreative Really great analogy! That said, if someone else nominates someone, I’ll take it under advisement. But to nominate yourself, especially if you don’t read the blog? No thanks.

giesencreative
giesencreative
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich I think getting nominated by someone else who posts here would be building on the community aspect—even if you don’t get a #FollowFriday post, you’ve got to be doing something right!

sydcon_mktg
3 years 1 month ago

I love your Follow Friday posts! In a lot of cases, I am already following the person, but inevitably I learn something new abou them from your post that I didnt learn from being part of your community! I love that its not a recommendation but a “hey, here is someone I find interesting or fun”.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

sydcon_mktg Thanks, Jen! I really love doing the extra research to be able to write them.

Lara Wellman
Lara Wellman
3 years 1 month ago

The comments in your posts are always so interactive, I love it! I will admit that I don’t comment much, a anywhere, but someone always replied when I comment here. It really does make me feel welcome and more inclined to comment again!
I also hate #ff with a long list of names. At least explain who they are!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Lara Wellman It’s because the crazies are here. They like to reply to comments. Crazies.

mathewsn
mathewsn
3 years 1 month ago

Although getting a FollowFriday from Gini means a lot more now than back in the old days when Spin Sucks was pretty new…I mean look at this FollowFriday from Sept 2009 when Gini gave me a shout out (@Kuru_Footwear) – http://spinsucks.com/uncategorized/the-september-25-followfriday/ Not even a single comment on the blog post.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

mathewsn It’s definitely come a looooong way since then. It took a long time to figure out the right recipe to create community engagement. A long time.

JayDolan
3 years 1 month ago

People still do the list of handles? What’s wrong with them?
I can’t remember the last time I was featured in ANY #FollowFriday. That’s probably a good thing for everyone.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

JayDolan You know what I’m going to do? Bwahahahahaah! Scheduled.

yvettepistorio
3 years 1 month ago

I love FollowFriday posts too. And like katskrieger I’ve gotten to know a lot of people through this community.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

yvettepistorio I have nothing smart to say to this. Darn! I’m losing steam!

KristenDaukas
3 years 1 month ago

Nothing guarantees an influx of new commenters like telling people to comment to be included in #FF :) You know I”m just joking with you Gini.. I love you more than my luggage.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

KristenDaukas How old is your luggage…

KristenDaukas
3 years 1 month ago

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes It’s really, really old. Actually, it’s a line from Steel Magnolias.. you’re a guy and it’s a chick flick, so I can’t assume you would know that. Cause you know that whole assume thing gets me in trouble every time.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

KristenDaukas I have vague memories of being “asked” to see that in college but it was most certainly not one of the boys.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

KristenDaukas You know what’s funny? I hadn’t even considered that when I wrote this…and then you and some people on my FB wall said the same thing. LOL!! Darn it!

jasonkonopinski
3 years 1 month ago

I love how you’ve given a tired Twitter tradition and given it a whole new relevance with these focused recommendations.  
When I’m having a crappy day, I pull up the post when *I* got SpinSuck’d. :)

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski Hah! I do the same. In fact I am going to visit it now to send to my kindle for portable confidence.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd “Portable” confidence – LOVE.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski RebeccaTodd …I did totally do it. I can’t say enough- I LOVE SEND TO KINDLE!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd LOL! You and the Kindle. That’s so funny!! jasonkonopinski

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski Is “to spinsuck” really a verb now?! Sounds dirrrrty.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 1 month ago

bobledrew Well, ginidietrich did spend some time in the Red Light District during her recent trip to Amsterdam, so ……

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski bobledrew ginidietrich Like JaseFace!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski bobledrew AND I got a beer bottle thrown at me!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

jasonkonopinski I was probably way too nice to you in, too.

bdorman264
3 years 1 month ago

And then there was me; somehow I slipped in the back door….did you know I got over 1,000,000 follows after being featured?…ok, how about 7…and only 3 were spam. 
I think it’s a great tradition and it’s stands out from the rest. You are very generous in your praise and support and that’s why you are beloved by so many. Even if that TV gig looses steam, I think you’ll still have a place in social.

annelizhannan
3 years 1 month ago

bdorman264 But I bet the three stuck to your ribs rather than running through like bad Chinese food 😉

bdorman264
3 years 1 month ago

annelizhannan Like a green booger you can’t shake off your finger…:).

KateFinley
3 years 1 month ago

bdorman264 annelizhannan Oh the vivid visuals.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

kateupdates bdorman264 annelizhannan Isn’t that part of the Paleo diet. All natural.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

bdorman264 You think the TV gig will lose steam? I was kind of hoping I could use it to quit my job.

bdorman264
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich I think it’s got another 3-4 good years in it and if you are making a mil an episode, that’s not too shabby….

bigboxcar
3 years 1 month ago

I enjoy the #FollowFriday posts you write. It’s not a bad idea to “take back” the #ff bit, but I did wince a little before I read the first one, thinking it would just be a stream of people’s names! It’s always good practice to back up any recommendation, so kudos to you!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

bigboxcar Ha! I’m glad I swayed you away from wincing!

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

I LOVE this and your FF’s are so much more meaningful!  
Did you really keep a spreadsheet for FF’s?  Really? LOL  
(oh and to the rest of the Spin Suck community…am I the only one who noticed “crazies” – just sayin!)

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig HAHAHA! Liz I thought you were going to say “I’m the only one who’s not crazy” – LOL

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

belllindsay lizreusswig I resemble that remark!

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd  belllindsay That’s the thing – we all do & ginidietrich knows it! 😉

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

belllindsay lizreusswig Huh, I could’ve tried that, but what would have been the point! 😉 LOL

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

belllindsay lizreusswig You are the only one who isn’t crazy, isn’t that what the lady in the mirror says. 😉 Or maybe I am the only who has a reflection that talks back. 😉

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

oh, and darn you ginidietrich – now I’m going to be wondering all day what else I should be tracking on a spreadsheet! :/

JoeCardillo
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig ginidietrich Oh yeah I used to do the same. Actually if you get super nerdy there are all sorts of things you can track. I kept a spreadsheet for a while last year that tracked sentiment in interactions with people online (blog comments, tweets, etc…) and what made people interact more, or less, with me.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

JoeCardillo lizreusswig ginidietrich That’s kinda swoony.

JoeCardillo
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd JoeCardillo lizreusswig ginidietrich I believe you meant to use the word “dorky” ?

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

JoeCardillo RebeccaTodd lizreusswig ginidietrich I thought of “nerdy” (too old-fashioned?)…then immediately got distracted by all the  things I SHOULD be tracking, but am not!  ARRGH!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig I did. I’m super anal. And I wanted to be sure I was fair. I can’t do that anymore, but it worked in the beginning.

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich it’s a great idea…just made me feel lacking in my own tracking systems! Then JoeCardillo came along and made me feel worse! 😉

MattLaCasse
3 years 1 month ago

I actually stole this idea from you ginidietrich about a year ago for one of my clients. We highlight a favorite brand or person each week. I’ve been doing themes with them (e.g. people who inspire their work, best taglines, best campaigns, etc.). It’s worked out very well. People as who is going to be recommended on Friday quite often; and it’s a really fun post to write.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

MattLaCasse You did?! What a great idea! I might steal that idea for a client. Super good idea!

Aimee West
Aimee West
3 years 1 month ago

Yes it does!

JoeCardillo
3 years 1 month ago
There’s nothing more annoying then having someone tell you how great they are. Second place for annoying goes to someone who asks what they need to do to be considered great. I was just talking to someone about job interviews yesterday, and I mentioned that I’ve had a radical shift in how I think and engage in them. So often we get caught in the “telling trap” where we say things like “I increased customer retention by 23%” or “I worked as an X for 3 years.” If we are passionate about what we do and can explain how and… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

JoeCardillo Unless you want to bribe me. I’ll definitely bend to that. I mean, what you said.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago
Oh Ms. Dietrich. Of your myriad wonderful ideas, this tweak on an annoying twitter tradition is certainly one of your best. You are truly gifted in your ability to build relationships. I remember how special I met when you first followed on twitter, replied to my comments, found me on Face. Then to get the chance to meet you in person and hear you speak was exciting enough, but the next day when you gave me my Follow Friday shout out, I literally cried. It was so kind and thoughtful. Beyond that though, it speaks to me of your secure confidence. You have the… Read more »
lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd Stated beautifully! :)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd I love you so much…in general and for saying this. Thank you.

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich RebeccaTodd How many love notes do I have to write before you will let me be your second alternate work wife or something?

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd let me know if ginidietrich shares that secret – would love to be a third alternate! :)

RebeccaTodd
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig RebeccaTodd ginidietrich I AM in Chicougar next week…maybe I need to woo her with a token of my undying affection.

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd Oh you’re so lucky!  Wish I could meet you there! :)  Then we could bribe, oops I mean woo ginidietrich together! :)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

RebeccaTodd I don’t think you really want to be my alternate work wife. I’m a huge pain. Just ask PattiRoseKnight

dwaynealicie
3 years 1 month ago

I have to send this to my mom, because when I told her why I was having such a great day on March 15, she said, “Ohhhh. I see. But what IS it?”

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

dwaynealicie I love it when you get something your mom is proud of.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 1 month ago

I wonder how long it will take us to come up on a Google search when someone Googles “crazies”….LOL!

lizreusswig
3 years 1 month ago

PattiRoseKnight What!  You mean we don’t already? LOL

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig PattiRoseKnight I chuckle inside every time I see it be cause I previously worked at a non-profit in mental health rehabilitation and that particular word was a no-no then and now I can say it all I want and it is encouraged LOL!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

lizreusswig PattiRoseKnight We don’t yet, but now I’m on a mission!

bradmarley
3 years 1 month ago

Let’s me be the 27th person to say that I love how you’ve turned a lame Twitter thing into a valuable tool for networking, not to mention highlighting interesting peeps.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
3 years 1 month ago

bradmarley My turn my turn! Hi Gini Dietrich. I love it too.  What an efficacious way to let someone know they matter more than a short tweet with a shelf life of one hour.

JoeCardillo
3 years 1 month ago

AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich Now there’s a jerkface Twitter pickup line – “I’d follow you for an hour”

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 1 month ago

JoeCardillo AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich did you know that right after Gini publishes her Follow Friday she unfollows that person on Twitter? Yes it is true! I know because she did it to me.

JoeCardillo
3 years 1 month ago

HowieG JoeCardillo AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich Sounds more like a curse, really.

dwaynealicie
3 years 1 month ago

HowieG JoeCardillo AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich  This comment and the image of Gini laughing as she presses “Unfollow” then “Confirm” is priceless.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

JoeCardillo AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich Damn it……there goes my BEST Twitter line!

bradmarley
3 years 1 month ago

Robb Wexler JoeCardillo AnneReuss bradmarley Gini Dietrich I once asked someone: “New handle?” That’s like the equivalent of “Come here often?” right?

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

HowieG HOWIE! Stop spreading lies. LOL!!  JoeCardillo AnneReuss

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

bradmarley Is 27 a slight exaggeration?

bradmarley
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich Maybe a tad slight.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

bradmarley ginidietrich Tad Slight was my first Twitter name.

KateFinley
3 years 1 month ago

So … you do like me though, right? Right?? Ha!

My first thought is why would you ask but I guess people ask to be recommended on LInkedin, etc. In my case, I didn’t even have time to think about how to get recommended. You slapped that surprise on me so fast I could barely manage a thank you. Talk about early Christmas. 
xoxo

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

kateupdates I totally don’t like you. What gave you that idea?!?!

KateFinley
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich kateupdates I confuse easily.

HeatherTweedy
3 years 1 month ago

I always assumed, given the caliber of recommendations, that being utterly and insanely awesome was the main reason.  Now that the veil has been lifted, I suppose your criteria makes sense, too.  :)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

HeatherTweedy LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you so much. LOL!!

susancellura
susancellura
3 years 1 month ago

Gini, This does not surprise me. Your team is very thorough and I read every recommendation to learn about the person and decide if following him/her will benefit us mutually.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

susancellura Thank you, Susan! I am pretty choosy about it and always require it be someone who participates here.

bobledrew
bobledrew
3 years 1 month ago

Whatevs. My only suggestion for Gin & Topics got ignored, I probably don’t comment enough to get, as Konopinski says, “SpinSuck’d”… I’m just a lonely little petunia in an onion patch.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

bobledrew I did take your video under advisement, but it got beat out by a kid mispronouncing dump truck and Jimmy Kimmel giving a five year old a lie detector test.

HowieG
HowieG
3 years 1 month ago

You left out that unless I receive significant cash gifts, I mean grants, and cupcakes I will block all nominations.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

HowieG You get a cupcake delivery every week just for gracing us with your presence.

Rodriguez247
3 years 1 month ago

Best part of this article… the fake tweet engine, oh the things I can do with that. 😉 I like your recommendations, and some have inspired me to do more. Keep them coming.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Rodriguez247 Right?! It’s so freaking awesome. I made up some tweets for belllindsay . Bwahahahaha!

sherrilynne
sherrilynne
3 years 1 month ago

Great philosphy. I always read your  FF features.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

sherrilynne Welcome back!

DaxNair
DaxNair
3 years 1 month ago

Agree with you that the impersonal approach to FF that you see today does not work for most people. Especially when the recommenders themselves do not follow the recommendees! Heard you on Six Pixels a while ago…

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

DaxNair Ah…with my social media husband, Mitch Joel! Hope you enjoyed it.

DaxNair
DaxNair
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich DaxNair Sure did!

itsjessicann
3 years 1 month ago

love your recommendations. quality peeps + thorough introduction = real deal community. keep ’em coming!

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

itsjessicann I shall! Thank you!

Erin F.
3 years 1 month ago

I’ve always viewed your Follow Friday posts as gifts you give to people.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Erin F. Thank you for saying that.

allenmireles
3 years 1 month ago

Do any of you find it odd–really odd– that people even ask how to be mentioned as a FF or just ask to featured? Isn’t it common sense? #whatswrongwithpeopletoday?

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

allenmireles I find it odd, but then I believe hard work is what gets you noticed, which typically makes it harder to grow sometimes.

Erin F.
3 years 1 month ago

allenmireles I find it odd, too, but I’m with Gini. I’ll let my work speak for itself.

djwaldow
3 years 1 month ago

I love you Gini Dietrich. I mean … love this post, that is. Wait. Crap. I mean I *do* love you, but … dammit.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

djwaldow I can’t wait for my free drinks!

djwaldow
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich plural.

NancyD68
3 years 1 month ago
I still remember the August morning that I woke up to find a #FollowFriday post about me. First I sat in disbelief, then I called my boss and told him about it and he asked me what the big deal was. That was when I knew that job was never going to work out. At the risk of sounding sappy, it totally made my day when you did that for me. It made me feel like someone was getting the real me behind the sarcasm and silliness. It also showed me what people really and truly thought of my blog.… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

NancyD68 Do I know you?

Keena Lykins
Keena Lykins
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich Post with a Purpose. That’s what I tell my clients. I normally ignore FF but thanks for the reminder that it can be a useful tool.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

Keena Lykins ginidietrich I remember someone once called me a “useful tool.” I’m still not sure if it was complimentary.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Keena Lykins It’s so strange so many of us HATE the kind of self-serving junk, yet we get behind a computer screen and do precisely that. I like Post with a Purpose.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich Keena Lykins I’m so inspired I’m now going over to Brookfield Zoo to post with a porpoise.

Keena Lykins
Keena Lykins
3 years 1 month ago

Robb Wexler ginidietrich Keena Lykins  Way to frustrate a creature without opposable thumbs, Robb.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

Keena Lykins Robb Wexler ginidietrich Are you saying porpoises can’t build things….or they can’t hitch hike?

Keena Lykins
Keena Lykins
3 years 1 month ago

Robb Wexler Keena Lykins ginidietrich  They can’t hitch hike or text, although I hear Apple is working on an iFlipper to solve that problem.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

Keena Lykins Robb Wexler ginidietrich Knowing Apple, it’s going to cost an arm and a fin.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

I think I’m so far behind on my “Follow Fridays” that I”m still FollowingMonday.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Robb Wexler Dork. LOL!

biggreenpen
3 years 1 month ago

Well, darn. I guess I can go put this car soap and windshield cleaner away then. Guess I’ll just subscribe and interact (skulks away taking her hashtag and two upper case “F’s” with her………)  
:-)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

biggreenpen I’m willing to be bribed. But don’t tell anyone I said that.

biggreenpen
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich biggreenpen I didn’t hear a THING. Honest to god. And there may or may not be a “Writing with Big Green Pen” notepad in the mail to you. JUST as a hello, of course. NEVER as a bribe. :-) :-)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

biggreenpen LOL!!!

Hajra
3 years 1 month ago

I thought we had to gift you shoes… hmm

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Hajra  That will totally work!

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
3 years 1 month ago

Hajra  Bears fans get special preference….just kidding…or am I? LOL!

Hajra
3 years 1 month ago

PattiRoseKnight Hmmm… :)

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

@Aimee West Smooches!

MrTonyDowling
3 years 1 month ago
As a newbie I can certainly recommend to ‘lurkers’ that they should feel free to jump in and comment. I know its a bit off the point, but I think you guys should be commended again on the community you have built here. If you are going to comment on a blog, this is one of the best to do it on. Its a very tangible thing this community, it stands out a mile after even a cursory glance at each post and the comment section – but equally its not an intimidating thing either.  They will listen respectfully to what you… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

MrTonyDowling Love you for saying this, Tony! I’m happy to know it’s not intimidating and you feel like we welcome newbies. thank you.

Robb Wexler
3 years 1 month ago

ginidietrich MrTonyDowling If the people here put up with me they will put up with anyone. I set the bar……as well as having spent a lot of time at the bar………usually before posting comments.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

Robb Wexler I 1,000 percent agree!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 1 month ago

If I comment less will you renig my #FF post?

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

rdopping Yes, I will.

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 1 month ago

rdopping Don’t do it Ralph. Gini’s already removed mine and scheduled me for an Unfollow Friday next month.

chriscaval
chriscaval
3 years 1 month ago

(Shyly typing with bowed head, eyes peaking beneath bangs.) Hello, my name is Chris and I’m a virgin commenter. I’m ready to take my lurker skirt off and dance on the stage…

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

chriscaval Bwahahaah! Everyone now! Hi Chris!

juliaprior
juliaprior
3 years 1 month ago

Wow. Now I also feel the need to come out of the shadows of my lurking. But only to say that I love how you do Follow Friday. I don’t see the point in reading anyone’s recommendation unless they tell me why I should follow them, so thank you for doing that.

ginidietrich
3 years 1 month ago

juliaprior You’re too funny! I’m glad you made an appearance. And thank you for saying so.

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 1 month ago

The group #FollowFriday’s can be overwhelming, even if I generally appreciate the original gesture. We took a page from your book. We do one person each Friday — we don’t do a blog post, but we do a few tweets and a full paragraph on G+ and FB.

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Karen_C_Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

I have always liked the way you do #FF. I am not a fan of the twitter influx either, but I hate being that person who never does it, even though I am #FF’d almost every week. I think it’s a little like Klout +Ks. An empty recommendation without context most of the time.

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