Social media interaction is often as visual as it is textual. Facebook’s billion dollar acquisition of Instagram, and the popularity of photo-sharing focused services like Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr and others, means people enjoy sharing photos, and may even expect your community to offer these sharing features. Of course, photos may not be right for every community, but for anyone looking to increase engagement, photo sharing is a sure bet.
How is member interaction encouraged? Profile photos share personality and identity with other members. Photos promote discussion, and are often relevant to purpose of the community—members share photos of their pets on Pawsley, and motocross riding on realMotocross. Friends can upload albums, tag one another and comment. Social media curates memories of their experiences, and your community acts as the home for this engagement.
Now, time to start sharing photos, right? Great. Obviously, you can check out our Photo Albums Plugin, but there are many other resources available as well. Third-party add-ons and custom development expand photo sharing possibilities for your community. Try add-ons that improve the capabilities of our Albums Plugin if you find it too limiting, such as these from SocialEngineAddons and SpurIT. Really like Facebook’s cover photo? Do the same with Hire-Experts’ Timeline Plugin. Creativity wins the game, and sometimes for the lucky ones, a billion dollars!
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