Tag Archive: Social Networking


I was asked this question on twitter by a new Delaware tweeter, “can you teach me what #ff stands for and how do I use it ?”
Well this site is all about, asking questions about Social Media, and getting answers. So here we go.

First off #ff is a shortened version of #FollowFriday, it saves some key strokes and room to allow you to add more mentions to your tweet.

Why would you use #FollowFriday, or #FF, first a little background:

What if you didn’t know who to follow on Twitter? Would you randomly start following people? Would you follow people you see mentioned by those you already follow? Most likely you would ask your friends for recommendations since you can trust that your friends will suggest people who are worth following. Which is exactly how FollowFriday began.

In mid-January, FollowFriday began with a simple tweet:

The idea is to think of interesting people you already follow and recommend them to others.

Mykl Roventine suggested the hashtag #followfriday, and a few friends (Chris Brogan, Erin Kotecki Vest, Aaron Brazell and Jim Kukral) helped spread the word. On the first FollowFriday, there were almost two #followfriday tweets per second at its peak.

#FollowFriday: The Trend That Kept Trending
By Saturday morning, there was no trace of FollowFriday. A one-off fad, perhaps?

Then late the next Thursday night, suddenly #followfriday tweets began to appear in foreign languages! It seemed that FollowFriday was back. Now, every Friday, people suggest other people to follow. Here is a chart of the hours that #followfriday trended each week since it began:


What’s interesting is not that #followfriday trends for the full Friday each Friday, but that the bottom of the spikes have begun to spread out. Meaning that #followfriday is beginning to spread into Thursdays and Saturdays, US time. In other words: #followfriday is international.

Why #FollowFriday Works
FollowFriday is successful because of three main factors:

1. It’s easy. It takes little effort to send a tweet, something people do dozens of times a day.

2. It’s participatory. You don’t need to be part of the “Twitterati” to participate. You can suggest one person or 100 people. You can get endorsements from one person or a hundred people.

3. It’s karmic and it feels good. It’s a great feeling to simply say, “I think this person is great. You should follow them.”

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Recently, in Delaware, some people have started to add a brief explanation of why you should follow the tweeps in their #FollowFriday mentions. This helps others to know why they should follow them as well.

Oh and one last thing, generally, if you are mentioned in a #FollwFriday tweet, it’s a courtesy to thank the person who mentioned you.

It is my intention to use this blog to recognize Delawareans who epitomize Dream, Believe, Dare and Do in Social Network Media.  These are individuals, business men and women who use Social Network Media to enhance their business, promote an organization, cause or provide a service.  

“I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.”  Walt Disney

These are Delawareans who had a Dream.  A Dream of what they could accomplish by tapping into their own creativity.  They tested their dream against their beliefs and principles and stood firm in their belief.  They dared to take a risk and executed their vision to make those dreams come true.

Do you know someone who has done just that, taken a dream to reality and used Social Media to help accomplish that dream ?

I would like  to know who those people are and I would like to spotlight that person or business here.  I want to share their story with you and help inspire you to

Dream, Believe, Dare and Do

Please share the names of people or businesses you would like to see spotlighted here.

You may submit your names privately by emailing me a sdehappyhour@comcast.net

Just a few months ago, I attended the Social Media Network Train….Well I jumped on board the train.  So many interesting people, so many people interested in Social Networking.  I have come across so many interesting people since then and have enjoyed talking and tweeting with you all.

It seemed like most of the networking was going on in New Castle County, and well it’s a little hard for me and probably many of us in Lower Delaware to make it to those social events.  

My DREAM:  Though the use of #NetDe brings us all closer, my Dream is to make Delaware ONE from New Castle County to Kent and Sussex Counties.  Through the use of Social Media we are ONE and the First State Rocks when it come to using social media to unite us all.

But I wanted to see more participation from lower Delaware.  And I wanted to see a more regular events that gets us all together.

Enter #DeHappyHour.  Lets make it State Wide.  Lets have some #DeHappyHour’s downstate.  Rodney Jordan was my inspiration.  It’s hard enough for Rodney to keep up with the #DeHappyHour’s upstate, so I’m pitching in to help.

I BELIEVE:  That #DeHappyHour could work in Lower Delaware.  Maybe not as often as once a week, but maybe start out once a month.  I BELIEVE I can do this, and I BELIEVE there are others out there who are also interested.

The DARE:  So I took a dare and Flipped it out there.  I tweeted it and got responses of interest.  With the help of Elizabeth Purcell, I got a contact and venue that was interested in doing this.  After contact Chrissy from Abbott’s Grill, I found that she was excited to help me out and host our first downstate even.  What a perfect place, beautiful Downtown Milford.  What a cool place, Abbott’s Grill.  Big enough to accommodate a crowd.

DO:  Half the battle of getting something new started is stepping over the thresh hold and making it happen.  Well I did just that. I’m on the DO !  It’s starting to come together and I’m excited to be able to share this with all of you.  Lets all be Doers and help make this a success !

So to anyone, from New Castle, Kent or Sussex County.  If your into Social Media or NOT.  If you want to meet the best people in Delaware, I’d like to invite you to our first #DeHappyHour in Southern Delaware, Thursday June 3rd. from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Abbott’s Grill in Downtown Milford.

You can get tickets (FREE) and directions by going to http://sdehappyhour.eventbrite.com

Lets all be Doer’s and come out to #DeHappyHour on June 3rd.

Thanks to Rodney Jordan, Elizabeth Purcell and Abbott’s Grill and to ALL of You who are my inspiration.

Anyone wishing to help out in future events, or in hosting or sponsoring a #DeHappyHour please contact me at sdehappyhour@comcast.net

Thanks and See you all there.