In a typically erudite post from David Cushman, he asks “What makes you share?”
While he discusses the virtues – or otherwise – of taking deliberately contrary positions, I think the highlight of the post for me is the following:
…the only way we can find others who care about the same things we do is through one or other party expressing that concern. Until you share your thoughts they have no value to you or your network. They contribute nothing to making your life better or the world a better place.
But the simple act of sharing what you care about can make change. When you share you allow others to access your thoughts and to discover you…
I mostly share to learn. The old saw is “the best way to learn something is to teach it”. I also think it’s better to make your views, interests and experience open to your peers – as it adds value to your interactions. I’m a remote homeworker, and reading my social media/shared stuff will give people a better idea of what I’m like – for good or ill…
To explicitly answer David’s questions
So what drives you to share?
The fascination of discovering what other brighter people have learned or thought – and how easy it is to learn these things.
What would make you share more?
The improving of the technology; for me it went something like delicious, blogs, my ongoing love – Twitter, and latterly posterous, bit.ly and Facebook with Selective Tweets.
So, what makes you share?
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