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How Do You Appreciate The REnet?

What do you have to gain by being active online? Think about it for a moment. What are you hoping for when you tweet valuable insights, cool links, or just plain ol’ snarky stuff? What about when you peck away at your keyboard crafting new blog posts?

If you’re active online, you spend a lot of time doing these things so you’re hoping for something in return. It could be any number of reasons but…

I know I’m not off-mark when I say that if someone re-tweeted your tweets, commented on your blog, stumbled your site with StumbleUpon, submitted your post to Digg, or shared your work on Friendfeed you’d feel good about it.

So here’s the deal: you work hard on your contributions to the REnet so take a moment to give some love and recognize others that share the same passion. They’ll appreciate it.

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Recognizing your fellow REnet members is easy:

  • Comment and guest post on their blog
  • StumbleUpon their blog posts
  • Vote their posts on social news sites
  • Tweet their posts to your followers
  • Review something they’ve posted about or are offering
  • Friend them on your social media sites
  • Provide constructive suggestions or tips (keyword is constructive)
  • Provide a testimonial for them on LinkedIn
  • Contact them directly (phone or skype) with a word of thanks

What we all can use is a little more knowledge that what we’re putting out into the community is seen, appreciated, and valuable.

How do you show others appreciation for their contributions?

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Mark Eckenrode is a Certified Master of Guerrilla Marketing raised on comic books, punk rock, and Pepsi. He's also the chief marketing trainer at HomeStomper where AgentGenius readers can learn unconventional methods for winning with social media.



  1. Nick Bastian

    December 22, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Mark, as usual, you make some great points…
    “How do you show others appreciation for their contributions?”
    One of my favorite ways, in addition to your list, would be.
    YEO as in Jeff Turner’s You Engaging Others. That includes IRL yes, actually taking time to meet with some of the great people from the “in real life.” This is a great community! Fortunately, we have several opportunities during the year to meet our friends in other states. Here in AZ, I think we do a pretty good job of making opportunities via tweet ups etc.

  2. Missy Caulk

    December 22, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Good idea Mark. That would be helpful to everyone.

  3. CWaterhouse

    December 22, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Nice post, Mark. Interestingly enough, I may have missed it,if it weren’t for @RailLife (Nick Bastian) on Twitter.

    Sometimes the transparency of being a part of REnet takes an additional dose of courage. Commenting on blogs, reaching out to others via Skype or IM, transports you from your comfortable existence “in the box” to outting yourself.

    I think all of us in Arizona are very fortunate to be geographically close to each other. Because of our connections within the social media realm, we have taken it several steps further to include regular tweet-ups (that surprisingly, crosses industries), new found friendships and yes, some can even claim successful business transactions.

    At this point, my goal is to help those around me to be successful in their journey. If, in the meantime, we become friends … then I am blessed.

  4. Ken Brand

    December 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I think you list about covers it for me.

    I’m reminded of what my mom told me, “If you want good friends, you have to be a good friend.”

    I appreciate your perspectives, keep’m coming.

  5. teresa boardman

    December 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The re net has been good to me but I have a love hate relationship with it. Every thing you mentioned in this post can be done with local bloggers, neighbors and friends who live in my market area. Could there be benefits to reaching outside of the re- net?

  6. mark eckenrode

    December 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I’m traveling far from my pc but am typing this fro my blackberry because I want to say THANK YOU for adding to the conversation with your great comments.

    Yes, phoenix is quite lucky in that we can physically reach out to to our large population of bloggers (something I plan to do more of). For those not in a similar area, the above ways are even more important to help them get attention to tbeir work and let them know theyr contributions are noticed.

    @tboard – not too sure I understand your question completely but, hellz yeah 🙂 anyone who’s making some kind of contribution (whether renet or lolcat) would love the extra traffic, expoaure, and appreciation any of the above methods provide.

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