A gold mine of potential new users that no one is talking about!

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I want to help onboard new users to Hive. I personally prioritize it as much as my own success at the platform. The more I feel that Hive has a future, the more time and energy I'll be able to put into it and I feel great about putting more time and energy into this place.

I really applaud the work of #posh and community leaders like @acidyo and @theycallmedan who have led us on the front of traditional social media like twitter and reddit in order to raise awareness about hive. This may be a big reason we were listed by exchanges so readily, it’s hard to ignore something that is trending on Twitter.

Any attempt to bring more good users onboard is welcome because our biggest problem right now is our numbers, we don’t have enough numbers to convince people that we aren’t going anywhere. At steem users quitting was a huge problem but after the last few forks, I think we will keep most new people who join from now on, so long as we engage with them and invite them into our communities.

I realized recently there is a huge potential user base which is not being pursued by the community and I want to change that. Can you guess who that is? Some people like to blog, some don't. This is one group of people you can be sure are willing to blog and to engage. The quality of their blogging may not be incredibly high at first, but when they realize putting in some extra effort will pay off and when they start to connect with each other to form their own smaller communities, they’ll be super motivated.

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I’m talking about language learners.

There are endless amounts of people studying languages who are lacking the motivation because learning from a class or book isn’t fun. Social media has the potential to make it more fun which is why language apps are booming right now, but add blogging and monetization and it can really fuel motivation. Some people have caught on already but if we make an effort to introduce hive as a supplement to language exchange apps, it could create a chain reaction of new users swarming to hive.

Hive user brings language exchange partner to hive. New user likes Hive. New user brings their other language exchange partner to Hive. It can be an endless cycle, and maybe we could even reach out to Tandem or italki and build a partnership.

People could easily make hive part of their study routine and make some decent content and connect to others in the process. They will have a chance to make new friends and get paid to study their language of choice, creating a positive feedback loop of learning and connecting and getting paid.

Bilingual posts rock, they give us a chance to connect to people from unfamiliar cultures.

On the language learning app front

I’ve been using tandem a lot recently to meet new people and to practice different languages. Everyone is super friendly and you can find a handful of new friends in just minutes. Anyone studying a language should use it!

Sign up here with iOS

or here with Android
invite code: 5Z8OGK8F

It gives you an instant and casual way to practice and make friends.

Duolingo + tandem + hive + a class or teacher is really a perfect combo for learning a language. I say that as both a student and a teacher of language. Only one costs money (a teacher), and Hive pays you so in the end you can break even and still have a teacher like myself to help you along the way.

Once you are there, don’t just obsess over Hive to everyone you meet. Get to know people and casually find an excuse to drop a link to a hive article. I’ll tell you the perfect kind of hive article to share.....

On the hive front

You want to show your language exchange partner a post that they can make themselves.

Writing a blog in a second language or a bilingual post is a great way to study and also a great way to make new friends from the culture you are learning. That’s why I started Language Exchange! which I haven’t gone about promoting much yet but will in the coming weeks. This community will work really well to encourage people to post bilingual and get to know each other.

I know @clixmoney has also started the Hive English Club group and that @kendewitt runs @coolenglish for Japanese students of English. Hopefully we can come up with more ways to work together on building the language learning community at hive and welcome these new users. I urge them to try some of the ideas I’ve laid out here.

I am personally posting in a variety of communities including the language exchange group, the Indonesia group, OCD, and others to engage with as many people as possible.

My personal Language project at Hive

In my personal project "30 Days of....", I will regularly post blogs in a certain language and engage with the Hive community of said language. Through this, I can not only keep a good habit off practicing my target language and earn hive, I can also reach a new community on hive and make friends.

A bilingual blog in your target language is the perfect post to show these new friends from tandem or italki. Send them one with decent payout, something relatively easy, with some comments if you can. Let them see that they could be connecting with people while getting paid and practicing and we can create a positive feedback loop of new users who will recruit new users,. I’m willing to bet that a huge percentage of people we take a few minutes to get to know will want to join. Just don’t make it the only reason for interacting with them on tandem, they won’t appreciate that much and it isn’t how you make friends. If you aren't really interested in studying a language at all, this initiative isn't for you, but please share it with your friends anyway because maybe they will want to participate.

I’m personally starting with 30 Days of Indonesian. My first post got 3 comments and these are not lazy comments either, they're thoughtful and engaging and people who I genuinely feel interested in. Nice huh?

I’ll be posting a blog at least every other day (hopefully every day) where I share some new things I’ve learned about Indonesia, questions I have for locals, some practice in Indonesian and my experience with this whole #30daysof project. Many times I will write a simple blog in Indonesian and then a longer explanation in English.

I also search for posts I like with the #indonesia tag, give some nice upvotes and comments every day and hopefully support a few undervalued posts. Give some love to the community and encourage them to stay and build it up. I will try to leave a bilingual comment on a few posts every day for practice. I’ve already connected with two users who share content that I like a lot and it’s just barely my second day!

(I'll also double post on steem and see if I can bring some of those people over ;-) I believe some people outside the English, Chinese and Korean community may not have gotten a full picture of what was going on.)

This isn’t just for personal gain and the benefit of hive, it’s also to create bridges between different communities and cultures so I’m super excited about it.

On the Twitter front

Here is the icing on the cake. We are already doing a lot of #posh promotion, where Hive users post links to their Hive posts with a #hive tag to raise awareness about Hive. When we add in a language and country tag such as #indonesia and #indonesian or #french and #france, we can attract the attention of more people in this country or people who are learning that language. If more of us here can do that, it’ll target some of our #posh efforts to specific communities which is could potentially be even more effective.

If we can generate any kind of feedback loop, we can also get new Indonesian users doing posh with the same #indonesia tag (or #france tag), and then hopefully they can find some students of Indonesian or French who will also use the posh tag and it will build up stronger communities for each language and each culture at Hive and also bridge them with the English community, which helps keep users and makes a better ecosystem.

Now is the perfect time for this

Many people are still limiting their social contact and have some extra time that they could be using more productively. We want to show them hive when they have time to get started and build connections that will keep them here.

It’s also a way to get your mind off corona and post about something other than “today I watched more netflix, here is my cat”. Instead you can say that in a second language! 😂

In conclusion

Part of what I miss about my early days at Steem was that we seemed to have a huge community for every country and every language and culture. Many of them were posting crap and didn’t stick around, but that was also because the whole ecosystem had a lot more flaws the didn't incentivize quality and engagement.

Hive feels a lot less money focused and a lot more community focused than steem ever was despite having better distribution of rewards and for many users, better payout. That’s why I think this time, most of those new users won't leave, I think they will feel encouraged to make more effort towards quality and community connections. They will see real effort paying off. Some will leave after they discover it isn’t a get rich quick scheme but many more will stay and become valuable members of the community!

Join Language Exchange! and start posting!
And The Hive Language and Culture Exchange discord (no post promo)

I look forward to getting to know the Indonesian community this month and hopefully the Spanish community next month!

Which countries people do you aim to connect with?


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Thanks a lot for mentioning. I see those communities collaborating in the future. Language exchanges have really big traffic and people may join hive to learn and earn for sure.

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I'll catch up with you on discord later today or tomorrow!

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Thanks for thinking and promoting - it all helps things grow

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Hai @whatamidoing, sepertinya aku ketinggalan kabar terbaru.

Menarik juga ide komunitas pertukaran bahasa ini.

Bagaimana memulainya, semoga aku dapat berpartisipasi ^_^

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English/indonesian post is OK in the community!

tolong ikut!

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Ok, saya akan bergabung Zack, semoga dapat saling bertukar bahasa nantinya :D

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Thats a great initiative. Way to go my friend. I guess i will be joining you on this one. I have been trying to learn french from childhood but as far as i go, i find it difficult to speak it. Maybe this initiative will help me in that respect

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Ya man! Find me on discord if you have any questions and feel free to post in the Language Exchange Community

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Hi, groovy idea for sure.
If users got rewarded for the class, or like if they pass the language test, they eatn coin... That could motivate a lot of people. Hmm. Or even just use hive as the main login for these platforms. Lots of great possibilities.

I don't know anyone at the places you mentioned, but happy to help if I can. :)

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We are starting by just building a community but this is definitely something we are thinking about. Welcome to join the community or come find me on discord!

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YES! Good deal, I will dust off the old Discord and give you a search. 👍

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Great initiative! I'm working on something myself as well to onboard people that I know, it will be a test-case first, with many learning-curves ahead. So far, in the past, only two out of 5 (or 4) post when they have time :P.

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Would love to hear about it. Is it still a secret?

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Four people know about it, including one that I don't know which is a tad uncomfortable. I'll probably do some testing first, but will write a post about it to get an idea what I'm working on.

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Why learn a language when Google can translate it for you?

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Ya man, why learn a culture when you can hang out with people who grew up in yours

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Exactly...

There are so many cool people in you're own culture to hang out with that are probably way cooler ;)

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Well,

Indeed a great Thinking to get more people onboard, not only to earn but also to Learn something valuable to them too.

I personally think that many indians i referred Hive as a better option to start making online money with just posting original content are not willing to join because of the language gap.

People of India, especially people from small towns of India are not very much comfortable in posting in English on hive and learning English on hive would be a great way for them to get onboard.

I think this topic really need to be taken seriously.

Great Work my friend.😇👍

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I'd love to have someone in charge of each language or culture or region and coordinating their own language projects with our collective community. Find me on discord if you have some ideas. We are still brainstorming.

And it would be wonderful to learn the experiences and thoughts of people in India who don't speak English, probably different from those who do, right?

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Ya, starting Something that adds real value of people life would be more great and powerful than simply ask them to join Hive for earning money only.

Will chat with you on discord buddy.

Share your discord id bro.

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oh yes this site is fun to learn language
thank you for sharing this good informations becouse I am a Beginner to learn english

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Thank you for the great info! I'm a super-excited Hive user and want to do more. also, using my duoLingo to learn Spanish. I greatly appreciate what you shared here and Iwant to know more about Language Exchange.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to staying in touch

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Absolutely! Would love to have you in the group. Welcome to post bilingual blogs, language learning experience or culture experience, as long as it's a little engaging to Spanish speakers

https://discord.gg/TawJWFn

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Thank you! I'll look forward to learning andwatching first. As I can I'll be delighted to contribute content from time to time. I appreciate your kind offer.

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Glad to know about the great initiative you all are taking. I am from India and also I use to write some blog and share my experiences. It's great to be a part of the community that is not money focused. And that way we are able to connect to people's from all over the globe and that's the best part. I guess I will be a part on this one.

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I hope everyone can make money, I just don't want money to be the focus of what we are doing all the time.

Welcome to join our chat!
https://discord.gg/TawJWFn

What is your native language in India, I know there are so many

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I am glad to join you all.
Yes there are many but most of the people speaks Hindi language in India.

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hi
I'm currently working on building
LinguaHills Community (linguistic ecosystem for Hive)
https://peakd.com/c/hive-137927/

there's nothing there published yet. I was planning to build an MVP
(minimum viable product) and then show it to community.
there are 3+ aspects of that linguistic ecosystem:

  1. human voices database (this is what I'm currently working on)
  2. translation service
  3. Virtual cultures
    and some others

The 3rd one is similar to what you introduced with
this Language Exchange community.

I'm a single person behind that LinguaHills initiative
and would search for like-minded people anyway.
I liked what you described in this post, I don't see a reason to create one more Virtual cultures (like your Language Exchange) initiative from scratch, and I'd like to ask if you are interested to collaborate. Possibly we could unite the efforts, exchange ideas and work in one direction.

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It's a great idea! Here, people can not only share their experiences and expand their language skills; they can also have natives or teachers look up their content and propose corrections.

As an ex-English teacher myself, I've tried to encourage my teenager students to start blogging - no success unfortunatelly.

Here's an idea: a community where users can submit their content for a quick review.
I'm up for that!

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Great idea. It was part of the plan when I originally created the project but the project didn't get much momentum at first and I forgot

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Nice to see some serious interaction ( again ) on one of your 'new project' posts. I guess that's a positive sign. Let's see what this will lead to :<)

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Right? I have good ideas, it's so refreshing when other people notice them. Luckily I always got you to keep me alive until they do

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You deserve some success, for a change. You never give up.
I'm happy to be friends :<)

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What an incredible initiative! I hope to be a useful member of this community! As I know that I will also learn a lot and improve my English. I'm excited to prepare a good Portuguese / English post in the next few days.

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Looking forward to it! The comment below you is a Dutch guy who lives in Portugal, hope you can connect 😝

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