Paying It Forward – Twitter-Style

For those of you that are new to Twitter, there’s a great initiative called Follow Friday ( that allows people (tweeps) to pay it forward, giving props and a Follow Friday recommendation to individuals they follow/are followed by.  It’s a great way to say, “hey, follow these people.  They have great information to share!” 

Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) brought a great idea up this morning: Why not create a Follow Friday blog post to drive traffic?  It’s a genius idea that I’m kicking myself for not thinking of sooner.  What better way to give thanks to those that provide useful, relevant information and help drive traffic to your blog (where more useful, relevant information is shared)?  I’m very thankful for all the people that I’ve met personally and virtually through Twitter.  They have added great value to both my professional and personal life. 

So, without further adieu, I give to you my #FollowFriday recommendations:

Chris Brogan@chrisbrogan (  The guy who started this whole concept! Chris is the king of social media and blogging.  He’s the co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Trust Agents (which I still have yet to read, but have heard wonderful things about). 

Steve Browne@sbrownehr (  Steve shares some great HR insights with The HR Net (email or tweet him for info) and HR Happy Hour.  He’s based in the Cincinnati, OH area and is someone you definitely want to connect with, link up with, and follow.

Bill Boorman@billboorman ( Bill is the co-founder of #TruEvents.  He’s taken the traditional conference and made it an “unconference”.  Keeping things interactive (hastags on Twitter, blogs and videos in addition to the unconference) and adding great value to all attendees who have their agendas and expectations set.  Bill is based in the U.K., but that didn’t stop him from calling me to explain the basics of an unconference this morning.  Talk about reaching out and making connections!

Nicole Crimaldi@MsCareerGirl (  Nicole is a career blogger, mentor, and co-moderator of #JobHuntChat, helping to answer questions from jobseekers through an interactive tweet-chat.  Her blog shares some great information for those that are seeking employment as well as those gainfully employed.

Heather Huhman@heatherhuhman ( Heather is a great resource for Gen Y.  She provides internship and entry-level job search assistance through her column at  Heather is also the founder of Come Recommended (

Sharlyn Lauby – @sharlyn_lauby (  Sharlyn is THE HR Bartender!  She’s an excellent resource for all things HR, a fellow Foodie, and Leadership/Management trainer.  Follow Sharlyn and you won’t be disappointed!

Maren Hogan@marenhogan (  Maren is Chief Marketing Officer at and the co-host of  She has a wonderful sense of humor and frequently adds a little spice to her tweets with random observations.  You’ll LOL for sure if you follow her (and learn something, too)!

Those are my #FollowFriday recommendations.  Please feel free to follow me (@kbaumann – for tips for jobseekers on resumes, interviewing, personal branding and development, internships and more.  I’m here to help YOU land your dream job!


2 thoughts on “Paying It Forward – Twitter-Style

  1. Nice! I see you are a regular reader to Chris’s blog. It seems as though Twitter is once again transitioning and the concept of #followfriday and paying it forward is once again becoming an excellent way to build credibility, recognize others, and say thank you to those that you admire.

    This is a wonderful list of folks! I am truly enjoying your posts and think you do a wonderful job yourself.




    1. Jessica,

      Thank you for your kind words! It really means a lot coming from a superstar like you! I’m looking forward to learning from you and my other new friends as I continue to learn more about HR and social media. Keep up the great work.



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