One of the greatest advantages of modern technology is how it’s made it so much easier to communicate with people the world over. However, even with this ability to reach people who are miles and miles away from you, many people today are feeling more isolated than ever. So rather than allowing this technology to create even most distance between us, here are three ways you can use technology to create a greater sense of community, both from a personal and a professional standpoint.
Make It Mean Something To Become A Member
No matter what anyone says, feeling like you have a place and that you belong is a human need that everyone has. To help fulfill this need for others, Richard Millington, a contributor to Moz.com, recommends that you help people feel like they’re part of a community by making them legitimate members of whatever community you’re both a part of. By having it mean something the be a full-fledged member of your online community, everyone involved will feel like they’re truly part of the group. Not only will you be able to share this with them, but every member will be able to share with one another as well.
Improve Your Social Media Engagement
Simple being a part of a group isn’t really enough to create a real sense of community for most people. So if you’re using technology to build this group and keep track of its members, the best thing you should do is take advantage of the success of various social media platforms and use them as a way to engage with your group. According to Tess Pajaron, a contributor to Online Marketing Institute, it’s much easier to engage with people on your online communities when you know them and their likes, dislikes, and struggles. The more generous you are to them, the more generous they’ll be to you, which can work wonders for creating a strong sense of community between everyone involved.
Find New Ways To Have Meaningful Discussions
In order for you to get to know those within your online community and grow together as a group, you’ve got to get past the superficial conversations and truly have meaningful discussions. According to Mike Templeman, a contributor to Forbes.com, this can best be done by asking questions or bringing up topics that inspire thought-provoking and insightful exchanges between members. If you’re moderating this group, make sure you respond to everyone in order to keep the conversation going and show that you appreciate everyone’s participation.
If you are part of a community that you want to have a greater sense of connection with, consider using the technological tips mentioned above to help you achieve this goal.