All relationships should be thought of as a two way street where you give and take. You shouldn’t expect to be on the receiving end of the deal, but rather be willing to bring something to the table too.
The same could be said in social media. Since most of social media is built on communities, they key is to making a symbiotic environment where everyone can benefit from each other. If you’re wondering how can you do that, it’s rather easy.
Take every opportunity you have to reach out and talk to people. Communication is important because it can serve as an acknowledgment of a person’s presence. Dropping by your friend’s site isn’t always enough, sometimes you got to talk to them, leave a comment or share your thoughts, just to tell the site owner that you were there. You may not deem it important, but it’ll give the site owner a sense that someone knows of what he’s doing, and that alone is enough to make them feel appreciated.
Don’t pass up the opportunity to make what you can. Start a project to help other people or help others finish an existing project, it doesn’t matter. So long as you take the opportunity to make something for anybody and everybody, then you help better the community.
Don’t be hesitant to contribute when and where you can. More of like a see a need, fill a need philosophy. If you think you can help in a certain project right now, do it. If you think you can shed some light on a certain topic, say your piece. If you took photos or videos of an event you went to, share them. You’ll find that there’s a lot you can contribute to the community that what you think.
If you’re going to get into a debate about whether bettering the community is all about the money or not, don’t. Because it’s not just about making money or not profiting from it at all, it can be both. You can choose do it in without expecting anything in return, and you can still do it with some form of return. Either way, it’s ultimately about promoting a better community, not only for yourself, but for others as well.
Do you have any other ideas on how to better the community? We’d love to hear your ideas.
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