Writing Prompt: Provide an Opinion on Engaging to Benefit Others

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 048

Social Media Engagement, Week #4

Social media engagement for the purpose of benefiting others is very different than social media engagement to benefit you. It is easy to do and gives an instant push of humanity to any person on social media. Try it out by commenting on peoples’ feeds in Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. Or better yet, try doing your own experiments. Your job is to engage others and provide an opinion about your experiments.

Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts

Facebook has a curious mechanism that measures how well you engage with posts from others. It’s the ubiquitous “like” button. When you read someone’s status update, you are supposed to “like” it by pressing the blue “like” hyperlink underneath it. By pressing the like button, you are not just explicitly demonstrating that you like what one person said, but you are also boosting his status update so that it appears in many more feeds. Google+ offers something similar. By pressing the “+1” button underneath someone’s Google+ post, you are successfully engaging that person and benefiting them.

It is extremely easy engaging people and benefiting them by pressing the “like” or +1 button on peoples’ status updates. It has nothing to do with you or your blog and does not help you in any way. That’s why it’s so great! I typically spend about 15 minutes a day going through my Facebook feed. I don’t mind “liking” a bunch of status updates because I know it will benefit people. Plus, it lets them know that I read their updates and they mean something to me.

Helpful Resources

“People who click the Facebook Like button are more engaged, active and connected than the average Facebook user.” – Facebook Notes

“Add a +1 to comments that you think add value to the conversation. I do this as much as I can. It shows that I have read their comments and appreciate their input.” – Clive Roach, for Social Media Jedi

Writing Prompt 048
  • Step 1: Choose any social media site of your choice – – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, other. Concentrate only on reading what others have to say, without trying to promote yourself or your blog.
  • Step 2: Engage others in such a way that it will benefit them. Leave comments on their status updates or “like” them or add +1s.
  • Step 3: Write an opinion of your social media experiments in engaging for the benefit of others.

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About the Author

Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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