(Big thanks to @kerrymg who made a great suggestion to alter the name / concept to make it more timeless)
For me, they generally fall into two categories:
1. Ridiculous (97% of the time)
2. Useful (3%)
I had one this morning that I think, potentially, could fall under category two.
(I stress ‘potentially’…big time!!)
#FriendlyFlagUp – Doing your bit for the social media community…
The idea is pretty simple.
We all manage countless online properties profiles, either personal ones or on behalf of clients / brands.
And, no matter how much monitoring we put in place, glitches and errors will always slip through the net.
So, what I am proposing is that if you spot something on someone blog, website, profile etc that isn’t working, isn’t spelled correctly, a link is broken an icon is missing etc – let ’em know.
Simply send them an @message along the lines of:
@SJOgborn I was on your blog last night and your RSS feed link is broken, thought I’d let you know #FriendlyFlagUp
@BigBrand It would be really useful if you included your Twitter and Facebook icons on your homepage 🙂 #FriendlyFlagUp
What people often forget is that you get incredibly close to your ‘own’ properties, making it hard to spot even the most obvious glitches.
On the other hand, a fresh pair of eyes, scanning a page they only visit occasionally, can spot things you may have missed.
In some cases, you might be aware of these glitches / errors, and simply not had the time to fix them…or they’d fallen off your to do list.
The big question: Why take part?
It’s totally up to you.
There’s no reward and no prizes on offer.
It is simply something useful, selfless and easy-to-do as you trawl your way through web pages on a on a daily basis.
I’d be hugely grateful if someone spotted something on my blog that I’ve missed.
And, to round things off, and maintain that community spirit, don’t forget to say thanks if someone does ‘flag up’ something to you.
As I said up top, this might fall into the ‘useful’ category – then again, it may not – but my feelings on this kind of stuff is there is never any harm in trying stuff out.
Even just taking 10 minutes out of your day and thinking about someone else is a nice way to give a little back to the online communities you operate in.
It’s just like being in a ‘real’ community and spotting someone’s doorbell wasn’t working…you’d let them know…wouldn’t you? 🙂
Thanks for indulging me.
@patrickhadfield asked this question immediately after I posted this – fair question:
Why use Twitter for this? I simply leave a comment on the relevant page. It doesn’t need to be broadcast. And why a hashtag?
1. To help promote a more friendly community and reduce antagonistic / mean spirited tweets especially towards brands
2. Its’s not really broadcast if you are @’ing the recipient
3. The other thing it does is highlight common problems people are having, paving the way for collaborative solutions
If anyone has any other thoughts, I’d love to hear ’em…