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    Engage your viewers

    Sometimes its not enough to talk, sometimes you have to ask questions. There is always going to be someone that wants to show how smart they are. You just have to give them the chance to post something and show off.

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    To change my video series up a little bit, I'll post a "quiz" type video and ask for the answer. These types of videos usually get lots of comments.

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    This reminds me of something Matt Haughey of MetaFilter said as part of an interview for [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Design-Community-Derek-Powazek/dp/0735710759"]Design for Community[/ame]:

    I remember the day when the focus of the site change, at least internally for me. I had looked at the {fray} for inspiration years before MetaFilter, and one day I wondered if I could transcend what was then mostly just pointing out wacky things on the web and having people talk about them. I noticed one thing at the {fray} that MetaFilter lacked, and it was a single character. A question mark.

    So this one day, I decided to stop speaking at the community of readers and start speaking to them, engaging them. I can't remember what the first thing I tried this on was, but it was something like "here's a story of something embarrassing that happened to someone. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?"

    Suddenly, instead of 2 or 3 comments following the post, there were 15. And they were funny, enlightening, and entertaining. Suddenly, I felt closer to the community.

    After that day, I tried to do it as often as possible, and other people followed my lead, and that's when it really started feeling like a place, and not just a site.
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