What is a signal boost? And why is it important?

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Let me get the quick, raw definition out of the way first.

“Signal boosting” is a term that refers to the sharing of content on social media that may or may not have a relation to your posted content. For example, a friend of mine posts a Patreon for her potato-based blog, which is full of guides pertaining to potatoes and potato by-products. She is trying to obtain subscribers so that she can continue posting her potato-based content while supporting her blog. While I may not necessarily post about potatoes on a regular frequency, I will share her post because I want my followers to see her Patreon and support her potato-based dreams. That act of sharing something so that others may see it is called signal boosting.

Now, why is signal boosting important? Obviously, if it’s a good cause, you would want to make sure people and your followers would see it. If it’s an important time-sensitive post, that urgency is even more pronounced. But let’s think of things a little bit more selfishly, just briefly.

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What’s Your Half Hour?

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I am blogging with a group of other bloggers in a group attempt at being better bloggers.

I have a lot of experience with blogging, but a lot of you do not, so I decided that I might want to talk about your “sphere of influence,” because a lot of you are unaware of what you can and can’t do. Also, consider this my introductory post, because a lot of you have also posted introductory posts and I haven’t really done that yet.

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A Short Opinion on “The Right to Privacy”

When you enter a public sphere, you give up your right to privacy. This is true regardless of whether or not this public sphere is virtual or physical – when you post speech on the internet, you do not have a right to anonymity.

You do not give up your right to personal safety. If you receive threats, or harassment, you have the right to object to them and respond accordingly. Those same people who send you threats are also giving up their right to privacy, as they are participating through public communication.

My first immediate thought as an example would be men who send lewd pictures and messages to others via through Instagram to models. Many are retaliating by doxxing (leaking information regarding the person’s actual identity) to girlfriends and family of those people. This is entirely legal, and there is no expectation of the right to privacy of these men.

I clearly wholeheartedly support this, but I wanted to know your opinion! Feel free to comment.

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