Picture by Sean MacEntee
It's been now almost one year since I started to use social media more and more to build connections with new people and I think I understand how some people get very popular. I managed to get almost 20,000 followers on Flickr (which is the website I like the most) just doing what I'm going to explain here.
There are no tricks: like in real life if you want something, you have to give something. Yes, easy as that!
I know you're now wondering what do I mean with that. Well, I'm going to explain quickly what I think about it.
First of all would you give some money to someone with nothing in return? Yes, if you're very generous and you've money to waste. Now I'm not talking about charity which is always a good thing if you know where your money are going. I'm talking about exchanges. Almost nobody will give you something if you don't have nothing to give back.
Now how does all of this affect each social media website? Easy, if you want to be followed, liked, retwitted, you have to do it as well. So what you can do to get popular?
First of all, produce quality content. If you publish original and very good content people will follow you; that's not enough though. If you publish posts that nobody will never see you won't never get a like! So what to do? Build connections: like other people's posts, follow people that you think are interesting or have something to say. Spread the joy and you will see that it will come back to you.
Then don't be silly and defollow people just to show that you have more followers than following. That's not fair to people that decided to get in contact with you; at the end of the day it doesn't matter how many people you follow but how many people will see your posts.
So what do you think? Are you interested in becoming popular on social media? Do you care? What do you do to reach your goals? Leave a comment and let me know!