Enhancing Contributions from Building Successful Online Communities, that when users are contribution to social platform. It suggests that contributions can increase and enhance if the social media platform contributor can find motivation and expected value.
Motivations in both forms Intrinsic or Extrinsic can a great impact on people contribution to any social media network. Been a part of a friendlier community, positive performance feedback, joining social media contribution with other ways of contribution like workplaces, Social learning, Rewards and Interesting experiences with clear goals, feedback, and challenges that apply people’s skills to their limits but still leave them in control.
Facebook and Instagram likes- tags for example can motive content creators to continue with the good work. On the other hand polls, survey and comments can be increased when social media contributors feel that their voices and input are listen to and taken seriously. Rewards are another way of motivation financially $$$, status, privilege, exclusive access or material benefits etc..
Anticipated value is another way to encourage contribution. Committing to smaller social community, the feel of unique and influential contributions, listing what kind of contribution needed or by simplifying the execution on the need help and contribution.
Innovation in Assembly
Innovation in Assembly is part of Lightweight Programming Models, one of the eight cores of Tim O’Reilly, Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software. According to O’Reilly innovation in assembly is” when commodity components are abundant, you can create value simply by assembling them in novel or effective ways”.
The idea behind that came from the fact that social media platforms are open source services. Web2.0 has shifted the platforms to offer both service and data. Open platforms can provide rapid growth model and build trust and community. The different of Web2.0 from Web1.0 is that it open source, which create room for extending in them, which made software developers create applications that allow of innovated way of to communicate with the web2.0 platforms and community. These called API
What is API?
“An application program interface (API – and sometimes spelled application programming interface) is the specific method prescribed by a computer operating system or by an application program by which a programmer writing an application program can make requests of the operating system or another application”
API’s of popular platforms like Amazon, eBay and Google offer a lot of functionality to create powerful and interesting applications. Also APIs can foster third party innovation where customers can show how services are really used. In addition API can drive cost from been to large fixed to variable cost according to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
Gumtree is a straight-forward example of that
Gumtree.com is an online classifieds and community website. Classified ads are either free or paid for depending on the product category and the geographical market. It is now the UK’s largest website for local community classifieds and is one of the top 30 websites in the UK, receiving around 8 million monthly unique visitors and reaching 17.9% of the U.K.’s online audience. Gumtree was founded in March 2000 by Michael Pennington and Simon Crookall as a local London classified ads and community site, designed to connect Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who were either planning to move, or had just arrived in the city, and needed help getting started with accommodation, employment and meeting new people. In May 2005, Gumtree was acquired by eBay’s classifieds.
The nature of Gumtree different from eBay and Amazon as it locally focused.Gumtree API has similar business to the one on the actual platform.
By use Gumtree App “API” you can create the following
- post items for listing.
- Get current list of categories.
- View information about listed items.
- Provider different way of communication (Telephone/Email/SMS).
- Retrieve lists of items recently searched.
- Add items to favorites and watch-list.
- Share listings.
- Leave feedback.
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