Follow Friday

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Follow Friday is the podcast about who you should follow online. Every week, Eric Johnson talks to creative people about who they follow, and why. Past guests include Tom Scott (YouTube), Alie Ward (Ologies), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post), and Kara Swisher (The New York Times). On Follow Friday, you'll have fun, you'll learn more about your favorite creators, and you'll discover how to make the most of your time online by following the right folks. New to the show? Start here: https://www.followfridaypodcast.com/start-here Visit FollowFridayPodcast.com for full episode transcripts, links to people who have been recommended on the show, and more. For extended episodes and more, back us on Patreon starting at $1/month: https://www.patreon.com/followfriday

#67 Patrick Willems (Night of the Coconut): Baby chefs, Baby Back Ribs, George Lucas
Jul 22 2022
#67 Patrick Willems (Night of the Coconut): Baby chefs, Baby Back Ribs, George Lucas
(Patrick Willems) spent six years on YouTube trying to attract an audience for his short films, before he pivoted to video essays about everything from (baseball movies) to (Francis Ford Coppola's filmography) to (Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.) Those essays got wildly popular and today, he has more than 350,000 subscribers. However, he kept making shorts, embedded in his essays as narrative framing devices. In other words, he says, he "trick[ed] the audience into watching short films that I also wanna make, but that normally would not get the views on YouTube or have sponsors on them." Then, starting in early 2020, he began connecting those narrative shorts into a serialized story about an evil talking coconut named Charl. This so-called "Charl saga" culminated in June with the release of a feature-length film, (Night of the Coconut), which is available on the streaming platform Nebula. Today, on the season one finale of Follow Friday, Patrick shared some of his favorite follow recommendations, while imposing some additional rules on himself: With "one asterisk," he says, he picked favorite accounts run by people he doesn't know in real life: Kobe Eats (@kobeeats on (YouTube) and (TikTok), (@kobe_yn) on Instagram); Jackson Murphy ( (@LCJReviews) on Twitter and (@LightsCameraJackson) on YouTube); Neil Cicierega (@neilcic on (Twitter) and (YouTube)); and the George Lucas Talk Show ( (@TheGeorgeLucasTalkShow) on YouTube). Thank you to everyone who has tuned in to this season of Follow Friday. You can help make season two a reality by completing a 5-minute survey at (followfridaypodcast.com/season2). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Patrick shares a bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, and Elizabeth. Also: Follow Patrick @patrickhwillems on (YouTube), (Twitter), and (Instagram) Watch (Night of the Coconut) on Nebula Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Leave a review: (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan)
#66 Roman Mars (99% Invisible): City flags, stupid walks, shearing sheep
Jul 8 2022
#66 Roman Mars (99% Invisible): City flags, stupid walks, shearing sheep
"When you're a broadcaster, you don't have a conversation you can't use as content," jokes Roman Mars — well, mostly jokes. The host of (99% Invisible) says he's trying to use the internet more thoughtfully than he used to, and that includes not needing to share everything with the world. "The past year, it's been really the focus of my time, actually not having every thought be on social media and making everything into something," he says. Today on Follow Friday, Roman talks about which creators he likes to follow, including: Constitutional law professor Elizabeth Joh ( (@elizabeth_joh) on Twitter); writer and podcaster John Green ( (@literallyjohngreen) on TikTok); competent people who calmly do things well, such as (@stellarsidewalks), (@texasbeeworks), and (@rightchoiceshearing) on TikTok; and the subreddit (/r/oddlysatisfying). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Roman shares a bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, and Elizabeth. Also: Follow Roman (@romanmars) on Twitter and (@theromanmars) on Instagram Listen to (99% Invisible) and (What Roman Mars Can Learn About Con Law) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Leave a review: (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#65 Annie Rauwerda (Depths of Wikipedia): Living statues, #NotAllBots, the Holy Trinity Bikini
Jun 24 2022
#65 Annie Rauwerda (Depths of Wikipedia): Living statues, #NotAllBots, the Holy Trinity Bikini
When her college internship was canceled by the COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020, Annie Rauwerda had a lot of unexpected time on her hands. And instead of learning to bake bread or speak Esperanto, she began curating weird and amusing things she found on Wikipedia. Two years later, Depths of Wikipedia has more than 1.5 million followers combined across (Instagram), (Twitter), and (TikTok). That success means walking a fine line: Annie wants to celebrate Wikipedia's oddities and encourage her followers to edit pages, but not to intentionally contribute false info or "bad writing for the sake of humor." "Sometimes I'll post something and then it'll start getting vandalized a bunch," she says. "Like when I posted the (List of Mammals Displaying Homosexual Behavior) — don't do this, by the way — people started editing it to add in their name. It's funny, I guess, for two seconds, but then you just feel bad." Today on Follow Friday, Annie shares some great follow recommendations: Meta-influencer Harry Hill (@veryharryhill on (Twitter), Instagram, and (TikTok)); Twitter bots such as (@NYT_first_said), (@ResNeXtGuesser), and (@AceCourtBot); post-ironic Catholic Instagram pages such as (@ineedgodineverymomentofmylife) and (@praying); and TikTok aggregator Leia Jospe (@favetiktoks420 on Instagram). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Annie shares a bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. We'll be off next week for the 4th of July weekend in the US, and will be back on Friday, July 8th. Also: Follow Annie: (@anniierau) on Twitter, (@annierau) on Instagram, and (@anniierau) on TikTok Follow Depths of Wikipedia: (@depthsofwiki) on Twitter, @depthsofwikipedia on (Instagram) and (TikTok) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Leave a review: (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#64 Rusty Foster (Today in Tabs): Giving up on crypto, bear chandelier, Halloween puns
Jun 17 2022
#64 Rusty Foster (Today in Tabs): Giving up on crypto, bear chandelier, Halloween puns
When Rusty Foster started the email newsletter Today in Tabs, in 2013, "tabs" was trendy media slang for the articles open in your browser that you were hate-reading. That meaning has faded into obscurity, but (Today in Tabs) is going strong, dishing up must-reads, great tweets, and a song every Monday-Thursday. "I do the sort of thing that you do when you have a job where you don't have enough work to do, and you spend a lot of time procrastinating on Twitter," he says. "I do that professionally. I read stuff on Twitter. I keep track of the good tweets and I keep an eye on what people are talking about." Today on Follow Friday, Rusty shares four great follow recommendations: Programmer and cryptocurrency critic Molly White (@molly0xFFF on Twitter); musician and comedian Petey ( (@petey_usa) on Instagram, (@peteyusa) on TikTok); writer and technologist Paul Ford ( (@ftrain) on Twitter); and role-playing game podcaster Taylor Moore ( (@taylordotbiz) on Twitter). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Rusty shares a fifth bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. Also: Follow Rusty (@fka_tabs) on Twitter Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Leave a review: (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#62 Bridget Todd (There Are No Girls On the Internet): 2+2 = applesauce, bringing chaos, three-way phone calls
Jun 3 2022
#62 Bridget Todd (There Are No Girls On the Internet): 2+2 = applesauce, bringing chaos, three-way phone calls
(There Are No Girls on The Internet) is an award-winning podcast about people who have always been at the forefront of technology, but whose stories are often ignored or misrepresented. That's a big and sometimes contentious field, and TANGOTI host Bridget Todd says it's important to make space for everyone to work through difficult conversations about inclusion, rather than expecting everyone to "get it" right away. "I've been in social change movements for a long time and I do think we have this expectation that we expect people to show up with the right ethos and the right language and the right perspective," Bridget says. "And I get that, but I also feel like it doesn't leave room to hear the messy conversations of how people become smarter, better, more nuanced, and more thoughtful." Today on Follow Friday, she explains how to use social media when disinformation is circulating after a tragedy, how she has evolved her thinking about politics online, why she's optimistic about a new online platform for the first time in a while, and much more. She also shares four great follow recommendations: Early podcaster and co-host of (Uhh Yeah Dude) Jonathan Larroquette (@jonathanlarroquette on Instagram); political pundit and former The View co-host Meaghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain on (Twitter) and (Instagram)); comedy writer and Showtime TV star Ziwe ( (@Ziwe) on Twitter); and Somewhere Good CEO Naj Austin ( (@najaustin) on Instagram and (@najjmahal) on Twitter). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Bridget shares a fifth bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. Also: Follow Bridget (@BridgetMarie) on Twitter and (@BridgetMarieInDC) on Instagram Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Leave a review: (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#34 Lindsay Ellis (Axiom's End): Phantom of the Opera, 50 Shades of Grey, air disasters
May 20 2022
#34 Lindsay Ellis (Axiom's End): Phantom of the Opera, 50 Shades of Grey, air disasters
For more than five years, Lindsay Ellis produced (video essays on YouTube), analyzing everything from the Transformers movies to Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to popular tropes in film and TV. And in 2020, after more than a decade of wanting to be an author, she published her first book — the bestselling sci-fi novel (Axiom's End), which was informed by that same attentiveness to pop culture. After 9/11, she noticed, popular alien invasion stories had shifted from "goofy" stories to "dead serious" ones, like Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. "It's an alternate history that takes place in the late 2000s," she says of the first book, which is getting a sequel in October called (Truth of the Divine). "Basically, it's what if first contact happened during the Bush administration? ... It's a thought experiment of how would we react if civilization has to keep on trucking the way we have, but now we have this great existential quandary that, at least in the universe of the book, is heavily politicized." On today's podcast, Lindsay talks about four people she loves to follow on YouTube: A (pop music analyst) who breaks down one-hit wonders, band-breaking records, and more; a (prolific video essayist) who wears her enthusiasm on her sleeve; an (aviation expert) who explains the history of air disasters; and a (former Vine star) who cooks up brilliant video ideas like it's nothing. You can get bonus follow recommendations every week — including an extra follow from Lindsay — when you (back Follow Friday on Patreon), starting at just $1 a month. Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. Follow us: - Follow us @followfridaypod on (Twitter), (Instagram), and (TikTok) and find clips from the show on our (YouTube channel) - Follow Eric (on Twitter @heyheyesj) - Check out (Modem Mischief) to hear the true stories of the outlaws of cyberspace This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#61 Jesse Thorn (Bullseye): Scruffy dogs, breakfast cereal, the worst albums of the 20th century
May 13 2022
#61 Jesse Thorn (Bullseye): Scruffy dogs, breakfast cereal, the worst albums of the 20th century
Jesse Thorn has been podcasting since 2005, when he put his college radio show The Sound of Young America on the internet. He was a little early to the party: (Six million) Americans had listened to a podcast back then, versus (177 million) today. But Jesse stuck with it, and then some. The Sound of Young America became the hit NPR series Bullseye, and he founded the comedy & culture podcast network Maximum Fun, which powers dozens of other podcasts, including Jesse's other shows — Judge John Hodgman and Jordan, Jesse, Go! Today on Follow Friday, he explains why he got into podcasting, his passion for dad movies, feeling like an outsider inside NPR, and much more. He also shares four great follow recommendations: An adorable "scruffy dog" named Archie ( (@archie.was.here) on Instagram); New York Times opinion columnist and podcaster and cereal critic Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie on (Twitter) and (Instagram)); comedian and roller derby commentator Blaine Capatch ( (@blainecapatch) on Twitter); and Pop Culture Happy Hour host & author Linda Holmes ( (@lindaholmes) on Twitter and (@lindaholmes97) on Instagram). And on (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Jesse shares a fifth bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. Also: Follow Jesse (@JesseThorn) on Twitter and (@put.this.on) on Instagram Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com P.S. Here's Blaine Capatch's list of the (500 Worst Albums of the 20th Century). This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#60 Reggie Fils-Aimé (Disrupting the Game): Becoming a meme, becoming a Muppet, video game skills
May 6 2022
#60 Reggie Fils-Aimé (Disrupting the Game): Becoming a meme, becoming a Muppet, video game skills
Former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé first became an internet meme before most people knew what memes were: At Nintendo's presentation at the gaming expo E3 2004, he turned heads by announcing, "My name is Reggie. I'm about kickin' ass, I'm about takin' names, and we're about makin' games." "I received a message from my teenage son who told me, 'Dad, you're famous,'" Reggie says. "They weren't called memes at the time — these were Photoshopped images. He sent me these images of me blowing up a competitive console; me dressed up like Sylvester Stallone from one of his movies; me looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger from TheTerminator." Today on Follow Friday, Reggie shares the backstory of another press conference that made him even more internet-famous, and talks about his new book (Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo). And he explains why we should follow "Originals" and "Think Again" author Adam Grant ( (@Adamgrant) on Instagram, @AdamMGrant on (Twitter) and (LinkedIn)); Pivot co-host and New York Times writer Kara Swisher (@karaswisher on (Twitter) and (Instagram)); The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon on (Instagram) and (Twitter)); and the founder of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley ( (@geoffkeighley) on Twitter). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Reggie talks about what he has learned from following author and executive advisor Roger L. Martin. Also: Follow Reggie (@Reggie) on Twitter and buy (Disrupting the Game) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#59 Danielle Friedman (Let's Get Physical): Cooking in the nude, human footballs, no filters
Apr 29 2022
#59 Danielle Friedman (Let's Get Physical): Cooking in the nude, human footballs, no filters
On the internet, body shaming is alive and well, nutrition advice can be wildly inaccurate, and it's a lot easier to scroll through Instagram for hours than to get up and go for a run. But Danielle Friedman, who literally (wrote the book) on women's fitness, says there's one extremely good thing that social media has done for our bodies, which we shouldn't ignore. "Body acceptance activist Virgie Tovar told me that social media has given a voice to the people who have always been the majority in number, but not in influence," Danielle says. "You don't have to go through all of the traditional channels to be visible. You can just start posting selfies and find an audience and build an audience that way. And I know it's easier said than done, but in spending years researching this history, that is a significant shift." Today on Follow Friday, Danielle talks about what else she learned while researching (Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World). And she opens up about four of her favorite people she follows online: Someone who she just started following: Katie Sturino, @katiesturino on (TikTok) and (Instagram) Someone who makes her laugh: 70s Dinner Party, (@70sdinnerparty) on Instagram and (@70s_party) on Twitter Someone who makes her think: Laura McLaws Helms, (@laurakitty) on Instagram Someone who makes the internet a better place: Jessamyn Stanley, @mynameisjessamyn on (Instagram) and (TikTok), (@JessamynStan) on Twitter, and (@JessamynStanley) on YouTube Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Danielle talks about someone who's an expert in a very specific niche she loves: Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela. Also: Follow Danielle (@daniellefriedmanwrites) on Instagram and (@DFriedmanWrites) on Twitter Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#58 T.J. Raphael (BioHacked: Family Secrets): Brooklyn moms, "monogamish," T9 texting
Apr 22 2022
#58 T.J. Raphael (BioHacked: Family Secrets): Brooklyn moms, "monogamish," T9 texting
When her college friend Amber invited her to the beach five years ago, T.J. Raphael had no idea that saying "yes" would change the course of her career. On the beach, Amber told T.J. about discovering — thanks to an at-home DNA kit — that her biological father was not the man who helped raised her. Instead, her "bio-dad" was a formerly anonymous sperm donor, and Amber was not his only child finding out about him. Reporting out the story of Amber's parentage opened the door to all kinds of stories about the "baby business," which T.J. explores in her acclaimed new podcast BioHacked: Family Secrets. Today on Follow Friday, T.J. talks about the reporting process for BioHacked as well as four of her favorite people she follows online: Someone who makes her laugh: Sydney Battle, (@sydneybattle) on Twitter and (@sydbattle) on Instagram Someone she doesn't know, but wants to be friends with: Dan Savage, @dansavage on (Instagram) and (Facebook), and (@fakedansavage) on Twitter Someone she just started following: Kenzo Mizumoto, @kenzomizumoto on (TikTok) and (Instagram) Someone who makes the internet a better place: Christi Steyn, @christi.steyn on (TikTok) and (Instagram) Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which T.J. talks about someone super-talented who's still under the radar: Comedian Shelby Wolstein. Also: Follow T.J. on Twitter (@tjraphael), and listen to (BioHacked: Family Secrets) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#57 Charlie Harding (Switched on Pop): Daft Funk, TikTok music, canceling Beethoven
Apr 15 2022
#57 Charlie Harding (Switched on Pop): Daft Funk, TikTok music, canceling Beethoven
Charlie Harding says he "procrastinates" by watching YouTube videos about sound design. But it's not an aimless hobby, because Charlie is a musician and the co-host of Switched on Pop, Vulture's podcast about the making and meaning of popular music. "Reporting on music, I'm like, 'I need to understand every little thing about how the songs are made,'" he says. "I frequently will actually recreate songs before I think about how to report on them, because I almost want to get inside the creative mind of the person making it." Today on Follow Friday, Charlie talks about four of his favorite people he follows online: Someone who makes the internet a better place: Scary Pockets, @scarypockets on (YouTube), (Twitter), (Instagram), and (Facebook) Someone he's jealous of: Cat Zhang, (@CatZhang1) on Twitter Someone he has a crush on: Bess Kalb, (@bessbell) on Twitter Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche he loves: Dan Worrall, (@DanWorrall) on YouTube Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Charlie talks about someone he doesn't know, but wants to be friends with: Musician and comedian Reggie Watts. Also: Follow Charlie (@charlieharding) on Twitter and listen to (Switched on Pop) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#56 Justin Myers (The Guyliner): Fear of custard, writing about yourself, mixtapes vs. d*ck pics
Apr 8 2022
#56 Justin Myers (The Guyliner): Fear of custard, writing about yourself, mixtapes vs. d*ck pics
Justin Myers is a writer for (British GQ) and the author of three novels, most recently (The Fake-Up). But he's probably best known for his blog The Guyliner, where since 2014 he has (added his own commentary) to a long-running dating column from the British newspaper The Guardian. Today on Follow Friday, Justin talks about four of his favorite people he follows online: Someone who makes the internet a better place: Daytime Snaps, (@daytimesnaps) on Twitter Someone who makes him think: Annie Lord, @annielord8 on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who makes him laugh: R Eric Thomas, (@oureric) on Twitter Someone he doesn't know in real life, but wants to be friends with: Dame Joan Collins, @joancollinsDBE on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Justin talks about someone he has followed forever: Comedian Mollie Goodfellow. Also: Follow Justin @theguyliner on (Twitter) and (Instagram), and at (theguyliner.com) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#55 Josh Fruhlinger (The Comics Curmudgeon): Beetle Bailey, Hyperloop, bisexual lighting
Apr 1 2022
#55 Josh Fruhlinger (The Comics Curmudgeon): Beetle Bailey, Hyperloop, bisexual lighting
Josh Fruhlinger is better known to the internet as the Comics Curmudgeon, and for something like 15 years, he's been riffing on the oddities of newspaper comics at (joshreads.com). If you want to know which Mary Worth character got into a fight with a cat, Josh is your guy. Today on Follow Friday, Josh talks about four of his favorite people he follows online: Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche that he loves: Numble, (@numble) on Twitter Someone he's followed forever: Katie Notopoulos, (@katienotopoulos) on Twitter Someone he's jealous of: Annie Rauwerda, (@anniierau) and (@depthsofwiki) on Twitter, (@depthsofwiki) on Instagram, and (@depthsofwikipedia) on TikTok (and here's (the skeleton picture) Josh mentions) Someone he just started following: WHH Haters Posting Their L's Online, (@WHHHLsonline) on Twitter Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, Matthias, and Shima. On (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Josh talks about someone who makes the internet a better place: Today in Tabs writer Rusty Foster. Also: Follow Josh on Twitter (@jfruh) and read the Comics Curmudgeon at (joshreads.com) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by (Eric Johnson) Music: (Yona Marie) Show art: (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin
#54 Traci Thomas (The Stacks): The dreamiest dreamboat, Dolphins Without Borders, banned books
Mar 25 2022
#54 Traci Thomas (The Stacks): The dreamiest dreamboat, Dolphins Without Borders, banned books
( (Full transcript)) Traci Thomas is the host of (The Stacks), a podcast about books and the people who read them. Today on Follow Friday, she talks about four of her favorite people she follows online: Someone she has a crush on: Jason Reynolds, (@jasonreynolds83) on Twitter Someone she doesn't know in real life, but wants to be friends with: Shea Serrano ((@sheaserrano) on Twitter, (@shea.serrano) on Instagram) and Larami Serrano ((@laramiserranophoto) on Instagram) Someone who makes the internet a better place: @KieseLaymon on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who has stopped posting but needs to come back: (Still Processing), a podcast hosted by Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe on (Twitter) and (Instagram)) and Wesley Morris ((@wesley_morris) on Twitter, (@wsslyy) on Instagram) And on (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Traci talks about someone super-talented who’s still under the radar: Floral designer Whit McClure. Also: Follow Traci (@bitracial) on Twitter and listen to (The Stacks) podcast Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by (Yona Marie). Show art by (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, Matthias, and Shima.
#53 Broti Gupta (The Simpsons): Sumo oranges, Koko the gorilla, bears aren't real
Mar 18 2022
#53 Broti Gupta (The Simpsons): Sumo oranges, Koko the gorilla, bears aren't real
When she's not tweeting about (sumo oranges) or her podcast (Lecture Hall), Broti Gupta is a writer for The Simpsons. And the long gap between when a Simpsons script is written and when the animated episode makes it to the air means Gupta and her colleagues have to think carefully about what aspects of internet culture have the staying power to be referenced on the show. "It wouldn't reference (Bean Dad), but we might have an episode of our own 'bean dad,'" she says. Today on Follow Friday, Broti talks about four of her favorite people she follows online: Someone she's followed forever: Dylan Gelula, @dylangelula on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche she loves: The Cincinnati Zoo, @cincinnatizoo on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who makes her laugh: Helena, (@freshhel on Twitter) and (@bugsizechihuahua on Instagram) Someone who makes her think: Sarah Hagi, (@KindaHagi on Twitter) And on (our Patreon page), you can unlock Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Broti talks about someone super-talented who’s still under the radar: Amelia Elizalde, a writer for Clickhole and Reductress (plus some bonus material about Dylan Gelula). Also: Follow Broti on Twitter (@brotigupta) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by (Yona Marie). Show art by (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, Matthias, and Shima.
#17 Ed Zitron (Where's Your Ed At): Joker memes, baseball isn't boring, the best tweet ever
Mar 11 2022
#17 Ed Zitron (Where's Your Ed At): Joker memes, baseball isn't boring, the best tweet ever
( (Full transcript of this podcast available here)). When he's not writing about the media and running a PR agency, Ed Zitron is probably on Twitter, where he's curated a perfect experience for himself: He follows fascinating people who represent what he cares about, and aggressively mutes what he doesn't care for, including words like "doge," "stonk," and "Gamestop." "It's a melting pot of crap, just like my brain," he says. On today's show, Ed puts talks about four of his favorite accounts on Twitter: A (baseball analyst) who seems like a genuinely fun person to hang out with; a (talented videographer) who makes cool stuff look cooler; a (musician/webcomic artist) who might kick your ass (at the right place and right time); and a (corporate account) that posted the greatest tweet in the history of Twitter. And on (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. We had recorded a bonus follow with Ed for the page, but it's already available to the public in (this episode). Also: Follow Ed (@edzitron) on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, (Where's Your Ed At) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by (Yona Marie). Show art by (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias
#52 Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder): Dadaist art, writer's block, trolling Trebek
Mar 4 2022
#52 Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder): Dadaist art, writer's block, trolling Trebek
Hrishikesh Hirway is a prolific creator: A podcaster, a newsletter writer, a TED speaker, a composer, and more. And he's also a musician who has collaborated with everyone from Lakeith Stanfield to Yo-Yo Ma; his first EP since 2011, Rooms I Used to Call My Own, comes out March 30. Today on Follow Friday, Hrishikesh talks about four of his favorite people he follows online, including a collaborator who helped him get over writer's block while making that album: Someone he just started following: Sumesh Hirway, (@sumeshhirway) on Instagram Someone he doesn't know in real life, but wants to be friends with: Rose Matafeo, (@rose_matafeo) on Twitter and (@rosematafeo) on Instagram Someone super-talented who's still under the radar: John Mark Nelson, @johnmarknelson on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche he loves: Erik Agard, (@e_a_rly) on Twitter And on (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Hrishikesh talks about someone he has followed forever: The award-winning artist and illustrator (Susie Ghahremani). Also: Follow Hrishikesh @HrishiHirway on (Twitter) and (Instagram), and subscribe to his newsletter, (Accept Cookies) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by (Yona Marie). Show art by (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias
#51 Alexis Gay (Non-Technical): Wool sweaters, divorcées, bonsai trees
Feb 25 2022
#51 Alexis Gay (Non-Technical): Wool sweaters, divorcées, bonsai trees
(Full transcript here) Alexis Gay is one of those rare cases you hear about: For seven years, she was a tech worker who wanted to do comedy; then, she posted a video on Twitter in April 2020 that took her from under 1,000 followers to more than 15,000. Several viral hits later, she's now pursuing comedy full-time and hosting the podcast (Non-Technical), where she interviews people from the tech world about everything that's not on their résumes. Today on Follow Friday, Alexis shares the love and talks about four of the coolest people she follows online: Someone she's jealous of: Evan Ross Katz, @evanrosskatz on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Someone who makes her think: Mike Isaac, (@MikeIsaac on Twitter) and (@mike_isaac on Instagram) Someone who makes her laugh: Kylie Brakeman, @deadeyebrakeman on (Twitter) and (TikTok) Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche she loves: Tobin Mitnick, @jewslovetrees on (Instagram) and (TikTok) And on (our Patreon page), you can pledge any amount of money to get access to Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Alexis talks about someone super-talented who is still under the radar, the musician and comedian (Sarah Dooley). Also: Follow Alexis @YayAlexisGay on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on (Twitter) and (Instagram) Follow Eric (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by (Yona Marie). Show art by (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, and Matthias