What makes you click “like” on facebook? What makes you want to post or repost a video or article or picture that you just saw on facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, YouTube, etc?
Now let’s assume it’s not your job to create viral videos, images, or stories. Let’s explore this thought as an experiencer of the internet, not a creator of it.
So what makes ME want to share, post, re-post, forward, link, etc. to all those I am connected to via the internet? Well, the majority of stuff I’ve been sharing as of late tends to revolve around ideas, thoughts, images, concepts, and videos that either inspire the weary spirit and/or reminds us of how fortunate we really are. I think I share this stuff because I am seeking it too. And by sharing it via the social networks, perhaps I feel less alone knowing that others will hopefully reply and, if inspired enough, will repost it to share that energy with their others. Outside of that, I share the dude and dad stuff – stuff that’s rated R, not cruel, but makes you laugh your ass off, vomit, and/or say WTF, OMG, No Way!
So what inspires you to share something you just saw, read, or experienced online with your social network the second you come across it?
JUSTIN: I’m extremely social network inept so I don’t know how much I can contribute to this conversation. However, I do find the whole sharing concept similar to when DVD’s were introduced to the home consumer. Because each ‘like’ or ‘share’ is perceived as a personal recommendation, the sum of it all ends up defining the user. Read more...