"How do we get tons of people to know about Hubski?"
We discussed a few ideas, and the one I think has the greatest probability of gaining traction is a coordinated-all-hands-social media blitz. If a couple hundred of us (there are more hubski members than that) choose a specific day, and do everything in their power to get the word out, we could see a difference.
I think it would look something like this: If you tweet - tweet the hell out of hubski and share your favorite posts/articles. If you have a blog, write about hubski that day. If you use Facebook, YouTube, Google+, or any other forum, group, or network, write about hubski and link back to a favorite article or articles.
I would propose Monday July 9 for the blitz. People are getting back to work, they're looking at Facebook after a long holiday weekend, they're checking their news feeds.
What say you hubski? Is this the most effective and efficient way to get the word out? Can a few hundred of us in this "thoughtful web" community make a difference in hubski traffic with a coordinated one day blitz?
I am, of course... completely down with this blitz. That said, guiseroom's point that we need "more content before we start putting on the blitz" gets to the heart of why a blitz might be good... to generate more content. It's a chicken/egg dilemma.
That said, I like the amount of content I get. I have a number of posts that are in my "saved" bucket that I need to get to. So, I don't feel a deficit regarding the number of quality posts. What I think we could really benefit from are some more comments. I enjoy having interesting conversations with people on Hubski. -The more the merrier.
There are certain Hubskiers that I think could lend some advice to how to best do this. cynthianews has been very successful at cultivating a strong social media presence. Also, I know that insomniasexx has helped other sites expand their reach. Any advice?
All of the online stuff is great but for me the best thing is to just tell a friend about hubski. This way I know that I'm inviting someone that I think is ideal for the site.
Maybe that day I will send an email out to a select few friends inviting them to join in on a conversation that I think they'd enjoy, or something like that.
Anyways, if anyone has any suggestions on what more I can do on July 9th or any other day to bring good, quality people to our community. Let me know.
by the way, caio you are responsible for telling all of South America.
I agree that comments are often what interest me most. I like to hear other people's perspectives on things. But most people don't comment unless they really feel they have something to say, which is understandable. But for that reason, comments often beget comments, even more so than posts do.
- But for that reason, comments often beget comments, even more so than posts do.
But it's also nice to know that by posting something, I am providing a service to someone that might enjoy reading it... even if they don't comment. I like looking at the "shared by" in a post and seeing unfamiliar names. That's really cool imo.
Prior to joining Hubski I didn't know anything about particle physics and now after reading posts here about that topic I find myself excited for the upcoming Cern announcement. Such is the power of consuming content provided by strangers. Pretty cool stuff.
As I said before they way to go also is to get bloggers to write about Hubski. This will help greatly. A tweet is only beneficial a short time, a blog remains in listed in search engines for as long as the blog exist.
Why didn't they? A better question might be why should they? I know that if the first thing I am faced with is a registration prompt I just go directly to some other content that I know won't put up hurdles to get to the content. Anything that I must navigate through that isn't pleasing is just incentive to go elsewhere. Sometimes pop up ads are enough for me to chose to not reward the content with add attention, I just leave.
It would be interesting to see if when people go directly to the content if registration per unique IP went up. I understand the urge to get people involved in the content, and there are probably ways to do so that aren't off putting and don't involve finding the little lurk button.
Letting people consume Hubski for say an hour before being prompted to log in or register with a pop up would be great. An hour would show that people have at least nibbled the hook and it might be a great time to reel em in. Past the hour a prompt every 6 hours of time spent on the page might be good, not enough to harass, more of another chance to join the discussion.
I brought this up ages ago and it didn't seem to garner any interest at the time, but I know there are many people out there who look at first internet impressions a lot like I do.
Get your RSS feed auto posted on multiple twitter accounts using » http://twitterfeed.com/ but set up other topics from other sources too i can set one up to show you tonight if you want a demo ? ie: @teckski, @scienski, @economicski, @healthski
etc but integrate Hubski RSS into the posts as well could be easily automated then everyone follow these bot accounts and retweet etc
my fully automated twitter https://twitter.com/#!/rustlejam its set up to post so many times at so many intervals
also buffer.com is a great way to post to twitter without annoying people
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