Awesome Questions To Ask New Members Of Your Online Community

May 26, 2010Comments Off

Filling out your profile when you join a community is a tedious task. You’ve done it on dozens of other communities and very few people are going to read it. 

It’s also damned difficult to talk about yourself. You walk the fine line between arrogant and boring. 

So ditch the About Me section and ask specific, interesting, questions instead. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • How did you first become interested in {topic}?
  • What was your best experience in {topic}
  • Who do you most admire/who is your favourite {topic person}?
  • What do you think will happen in {topical issue}?
  • What do you want to get from this community?

The questions are easier and more interesting to reply to. Nearly every answer will be interested too. Also by revealing this information your also disclosing personal thoughts about yourself which increases your level of engagement.

Finally, it will give you great content to introduce newcomers to others in the community. 

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