The History of Follow Friday

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which is spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the seventh in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net, but it’s a bit different from the previous six. I’ ve briefly listed threetweeps to follow and one important link to visit.

Micah Baldwin (@micah) shares the history of Follow Friday over on the Mashable blog (@mashable). Thanks to writer Johanna Harness (@johannaharness) for the link.

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Follow Friday: Back to School Edition

Many people, including every member of my immediate family, are preparing to return to school. If you’re not back already, perhaps you’re going this week. In honor of ‘back to school’ this Follow Friday presents three people we can learn a lot from.

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which is spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the sixth in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net.

Nancy Shortrun @advancedscience

Nancy Shortrun is an AL research scientist at the Institute for Advanced Science and Engineering. She claims that means she makes the coffee there, but her followers know better. Nancy shares some powerful insights and fascinating science through her twitter stream.

Michelle L Devon@MichelleLDevon

 “I am a writer! It’s not what I do; it’s who I am!”

Author, editor, blogger and speaker Michelle Devon is the perfect tweep to follow if you want to learn about the writing craft or the publishing industry. She’s quick to share what she knows with those who have a genuine interest.

The Accentuate Writers Forum is a good place to start learning from Michelle, and her blog — Freelancing & Fiction — is full of great information.

Natalie Wickham@nataliewickham

Homeschool (close to my heart) graduate and writer Natalie Wickham is a pianist, music teacher, publisher, grassroots activist and web designer. She also maintains the Music Matters Blog.

Her book, Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate, is discounted %25 through the end of August in honor of NOT going back to school.

That’s it for this Follow Friday. I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people. There’ll be more to come next time.

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Follow Friday: Four Fun Follows

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which is spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the fifth in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net.

One of Twitter’s many uses is as a filter for great web content. I tend to follow people and organizations who bring me information regarding useful articles and sites or causes I care about. However, I follow a few simply because it’s fun, and here are four of those:

Polenth Blake@Polenth

I know virtually nothing about Polenth Blake, but although Polenth’s tweets are few, they’re always interesting.

You know it’s hot when your chocolate has turned into a puddle. Poor puddly chocolate.

I do know that Polenth is a writer with a love of science fiction and fantasy. You can find out more on polenthblake.com.

Connie@princesstimetoy

This wife of 25 years and mom of two adult boys runs two online stores and two blogs and sells Avon. She consistently tweets interesting links and never shys away from sharing her love of cupcakes. Find more of her favorite things at miscellaneousfinds4u.

Captain Blasto@captainblasto / The Mercury Men@themercurymen

Captain Blasto was an incredible web series about a super-hero who stages the burglaries he stops. You can watch it here. Now, the same guys are presenting The Mercury Men.

That’s it for this Follow Friday. I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people. There’ll be more to come next time.

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Follow Friday: Four Folks Worth a Follow

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which is spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net.

 Ruthie Austin@Ruthieaustin

You can imagine my surprise when an actress followed me first. It’s usually the other way around when it comes to TV and movie stars. But I’m certainly glad she did. Not only is Ruthie Austin a pleasant person to meet on Twitter, she can be seen in programs such as That’s So Raven and Fight Club. A full list of her theatre, commercial, television and movie appearances is available at Ruthieaustin.com.

Clary Lopez@Clary

I’ve known Clary Lopez through the net for a few years. Her love for God and family shine through in everything she does. This writer and photographer always has something both insightful and positive to add to any topic. Be sure to check out Clary’s website. Her personal blog is Moonlit Walks.

David Peach@dpeach

Friend, marathon runner and dedicated missionary, David Peach has been a part of my life — in person or through influence — for many years. His Twitter stream always carries some interesting tid-bit about running or missionary work among the deaf in Mexico. You can read David’s thoughts on life, family and work on mythoughtspot.com.

Lilli Day@bookbabie

Lilli Day is a writer, photographer, blogger, mom, wife, daughter, sister… She says she’s still trying to figure out who she is. I normally follow tweeps with a link-intensive style, but something about Lilli’s conversational tweets drew me in. Her bookish blog can be read here.

That’s it for this Follow Friday. I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people. There’ll be more to come next time.

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Follow Friday: People Who Love Comics

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which seems to be spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net.

 I forget where I saw it first, but I think placing the recommendations in blog posts is much nicer than short tweets. I’ve missed a couple of weeks due to poor planning, but I intend to make Follow Friday a regular feature of this blog if the response continues to be positive.

Valerie D’Orazio@ohsuperheroin

Valerie is a comics writer and blogger with a reputation for calling it how she sees it. With her insight into the comics industry and personal integrity that’s a very good thing.

She is the President of Friends of Lulu, a national organization for women in comics, and blogs at Occasional Superheroine. Her new book, Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroin is on sale now.

Carla Hoffman@cyberpilate

Her twitter bio describes her as “a girl who loves comics,” and it’s evident. Carla shares her thoughtful writing at Robot 6@ CBR. She inspired massive amounts of fanboy and -girl jealousy recently when she revealed she had been an extra in the newest Star Trek film.

David Gallaher@DavidGallaher

David is the award-winning writer behind the critically-acclaimed serialized webcomic High MoonHigh Moon is one of this year’s Harvey Awards nominees.

Rich@RichL1

Rich is an all-around decent guy from the big city with impeccable taste in movies. After all, Casablanca is one of his favorites. His blog — Comic by Comic— delivers reviews, news and general thoughts on comics and their related culture. He also keeps a Posterous.

Bully the Little Stuffed Bull — @bullytheLSB

Little Stuffed Bull. Comics Fan. Heckuva nice guy. What else do you need to know? If you’re not reading Bully’s blog, you’re missing out. This cute little guy understands that Comics Oughta be Fun!

I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people (and cow). There will be more to come next Follow Friday.

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Follow Friday: More 12for12k Supporters

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which seems to be spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net. I forget where I saw it first, but I think placing the recommendations in blog posts is much nicer than short tweets.

The following people are all supporters of 12for12k, the non-profit which supports a different charity each month. War Child, Stop the Silence, Share Our Strength, Yehu.org, Hospice of Peel and UNICEF’s Believe in Zero campaign have benefited from the efforts of these people who believe the power of social media can change lives for the better.

 Darin Berntson@iGoByDoc

Entrepreneur and single dad Darin is owner of All Aces Marketing Inc. and WSI Franchise. He’s a fan of Disney, but we’ll forgive him that. He also fashioned all those really cool 12for12k avatars. Rants, raves and other communications from Darin can be found at The Doc Block.

Danny Brown@DannyBrown

Danny provides branding and consultancy services to consumer and commercial markets. Not only is he my favorite Canadian, he’s also the founder of 12for12k. He keeps a social media and marketing blog by his name, and (for those who can’t get enough Danny Brown) posts insightful tidbits to Posterous.

Beth Ziesenis@AvenueZ

It’s ZEES-nis. This crazy writer lady cool writer chick is a speaker, marathoner and freelance copywriter. Beth writes about the trials and tribulations of freelancing at Life on Avenue Z.

12for12k.org@12for12k

Last but not least, let’s not forget 12for12k itself. The organization’s aim is to raise a minimum of $144,000 for 12 charities over the course of 2009, with a new charity being supported every month.

The concept is simple:

  • 12 months of the year
  • 12 charities, a different charity each month
  • $12,000 per charity

If 1200 people will donate just $10 each month, we can easily give $12,000 per charity. All proceeds raised go directly to the month’s chosen organization. July’s charity is Eye Care for Kids.

I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people and 12for12k. There will be more to come next Follow Friday.

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Follow Friday: 12for12k Supporters

I’ve been intending to create a Follow Friday post for about a month now. I forget where I saw it first, but I think placing the recommendations in a blog post is much nicer than short tweets.

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which seems to be spreading to blogs and other social networks. The purpose is to draw attention to wonderful people who are worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net.

The following people are all supporters of 12for12k, the non-profit which supports a different charity each month.

Cheryl Fehlberg@CherylFehlberg

Cheryl is an editor, copywriter and proof reader from Melbourne, Australia. She believes good service should be invisible to the client. It should not be overstated nor understated — just invisible. Cheryl blogs at Does Anyone Understand Good Service These Days?

Mickey Gomez@mickeygomez

Mickey is a lover of books, music and social media. She and I agree that everyone can make a difference. I only recently began following Mickey on Twitter, but can already sense her sweet spirit. She also keeps a personal blog.

Jon Aston@JonAston

Jon is a marketing and business development strategist, in addition to being a husband and father. You never know what his sharp, Canadian mind will come up with next. Jon shares his ideas at thought process…

Gina LaGuardia@GinaLaGuardia

Gina is a mommy and content manager in New York City. She is an active twitter user and quick to reply to tweets. Gina’s website offers her editorial services.

I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people. There will be more to come next Follow Friday.

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