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RE: Want Social Change? Change Your Social! Web 3.0 Is Here - It's Time to Dump Reddit & The Rest!

in #hive8 months ago

I keep trying to figure out how to recapture the utter electric enthusiasm of the early steemit days, and I honestly think the key lies in the encouragement of post engagement.

Did you know @merej99? She used to run comment challenges and contests, and it definitely caused people to spend time in their feeds reading posts. I'm sure she wasn't the only one. I've considered doing something like that myself since I made my way back in the fall, but I'm not really in a position to monetarily incentive it. (And I admit to not wanting a feeling of discouragement if it fell flat)

Just thinking out loud so to speak. There's nothing I would love more than to see this platform soar :) It really is an awesome premise that still hasn't garnered the interest and traffic it deserves.

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The communication between Hive users is key to forming a community spirit, yes. In a sense, communication should be it's own reward and it is the passion of the people involved that provides the excitement and benefit for those involved. Really, this is also true for original posts too - so most likely the issue is not so much about a lack of financial incentive, but a lack of intention to form communities. Another issue is that the features provided to communities are not as complete as on competing social networks, so people will tend to go where their community needs are being met, even if they don't get financial rewards. The community rewards outweigh the financial rewards in many cases.

So you are on to something with the focus on engagement but maybe we need greater utility for communities rather than just throwing post rewards at the problem and hoping that people will be creative in their use of the platform in place of having the tools they need to create engaging experiences that help them achieve real world goals.

You're absolutely right. Even though the possibility of being rewarded for writing was what initially brought me to Steemit, it was most definitely the electric excitement of the community that kept me there, far above anything monetary. The friendships made were priceless.

Whatever it is that would inject that passion for one another, that's what we need :)