January 21, 2011
What is #fridayreads?
#fridayreads began as a hashtag on Twitter. Every Friday, people posted what they’re reading with this tag, egged on by @thebookmaven
Then, over the next few months the numbers sharing moved through the low hundreds to finally crest a thousand. Then, sometime around October 2010, I stumbled across the phenomena at about the time that the bookmaven was pushing for it to crest the two thousand mark.
I thought to myself, that’s a neat idea. I’ll share.
I was back the following Friday. I shared again.
And began re-tweeting it to my followers.
It was at this point I moved past addicted and became evangelical.
It seemed to me that, as a writer, if I had a crowd of people that were getting behind this and tweeting my book, imagine how big an audience that would put my work in front of…WEEKLY.
At the time of going to press it was a fairly sizeable – the week previous to this blog going up there were over 5,300 individual #fridayreads.
And if every one of those tweets is published by someone with a 1,000 followers that’s an enormous market.
That’s when it struck me. The beauty of all this – the ethos behind Friday Reads – is the genuine homespun goodness of it all.
There is no corporation behind it.
It’s just people who love books, recommending books to everyone else. If an author does well in this list, it’s because people are *reading* the books, not just buying them. Best seller lists are full of the best promoted books. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
But the Friday Reads top-read list is just that.
Real people, reading real books.
And it’s not just books. Audio books count. As do e-books (see, finger on the pulse again).
So if you read or if you write, I would advise you to get online and start sharing.
There used to be a lot of links on this page but (as of 17th June 2011) the new all singing, all dancing Friday Reads website has gone live:
- #FridayReads [del.icio.us] (fridayreads.blogspot.com)
- Why the 5 “Best Internet Meme” Finalists Went Viral [Mashable Awards] (mashable.com)
- #HashtagsTopTwitterTrends (marketingpilgrim.com)
- What Makes a Good Hashtag? It’s Not Science (gigaom.com)
From → #fridayreads