Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trust, In Your Yatown Neighborhood

Many of you have asked how we manage Trust on Yatown. Recently, Steve Smith of Social-Media-And-Network-News asked Christopher a similar question in an interview.

Trust has benefits to communities. You want to be trusted in your Yatown neighborhood, because it feels good, and also because it can lead to collaboration with others.

This past June, a group of volunteer Trusted Neighbors on Yatown got together and helped define these features on Yatown (many thanks!). Over the next few months we will be rolling out features to give you more Trust signals. For example, all other things being equal, a face attached to a name is more likely to receive greater trust in the community. That's also true when someone is connected to many others in the neighborhood.

We want to enable Yatown users to apply real-world common sense to decide what to share, whom to trust, for what kind of interaction on Yatown. Announcing a school bake sale widely is a great idea, while you may want to share those kid photos only in a limited group (coming soon!).

In other words, we'll give you enough information to interact with others on Yatown as you would walking down Main Street.

So, to enhance your own Yatown neighborhood Trust score, take actions that make others want to know you or collaborate with you.

Start today by adding a photo of yourself, if you haven't already done so.

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