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Seun Osewa, the owner of Nairaland,which is the African best and 7th most visited by Nigerian has got the following to say
I got this interesting question in my inbox recently:
You don't know me. I'm just a fan of yours. I'd like to know how you solved the "chicken and egg" problem and succeed with nairaland. Networks like nairaland, fb, twitter are only valuable when there's a community on it. Therefore nobody wants to join, unless there are already a bunch of users. So how did you gain traction? So, you want to start a poultry farm. You need eggs to make chickens, but you need chickens to lay eggs, so what do you do? How do you solve this problem? Simple:
1.Buy lots of chickens. The chickens will lay eggs, which will develop into new chickens.
2.Buy lot of fertilized eggs and incubate them. They will develop into egg-laying chickens.To get a social network going, you just have tobribeorbegpeople to join your social network until it's big enough to sustain itself. If you're evil,forcingortrickingthem to join also works:
*.In 'The Social Network' Mark Zuckerberg bootstrapped a social network by hacking into student records and creating accounts for students without their consent, effectivelyforcingthem to join.
*.Some dating sites solve the chicken and egg problem bypayinga bunch of beautiful female models to join the site and participate.The models attract a lot men to join the site (a form oftrickeryreally), and this attracts more women.
*.With Twitter and Quora, employees of the company were the first to start using the sites heavily, then their friends and family, then attention seekers, geeks and celebrities, and finally regular people. In effect, Twitter and Quora employees were initiallypaidnot just to develop the respective sites but to use them and post on them regularly.Until your social network takes off, you'll just have to bribe or beg people to join and participate. I did that
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