About 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?
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.
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.