By Michael J. Ritchie (@gossipguy17)
Here are some tips on living through the DailyBooth community!
#1 – Get Stuck In
As soon as you join, get on with it! Take your first picture – your first picture should always be a webcam snap, not an upload, unless you take your photos on a separate camera. Browse around a bit; see if you can find a few people who look interesting that you could follow. You don’t have to follow them forever. Leave a few comments on recent photos. Basically, just say hello.
#2 – Engaging The Community
Make your pictures more interesting than you merely staring at a webcam every day. Show the community things that you love, and ask their opinions. Get to know the people you follow and this will make people more likely to follow you back and talk to you. It’s no good following three hundred people if you never comment.
#3 – Leaving Comments
Leave comments when you feel you need to. If you’ve nothing to say on a photo other than “lol”, then it might not always be necessary. You need to find a happy medium between commenting no one and commenting everything. If you can, leave picture comments! They brighten up a thread and they’re often more interesting than just a comment.
#4 – Games
If you see a game going on, or some sort of comment collaboration, go and join in, or at least enjoy it! DailyBooth is full of some intensely funny and creative people so join them. It’s like the offline world – if you don’t socialise, you get left out.
#5 – Daily Means Daily
We’re all guilty of sometimes taking more than one picture a day, and some of us are guilty of missing a day here and there too, but for the most part, try and keep up. If you can’t do it, get someone else to cover for you. I’m not trying to be pedantic here; I’m just saying there’s a difference between missing a day or double-boothing and boothing once a fortnight or every half hour.
#6 – Reply To Your Comments
If people are going to be nice enough to comment on your photos, then you should reply to them, especially if they are complimentary or ask you questions. Sometimes this isn’t always possible if you’re busy or there are a lot of comments, but always do it when you can.
#7 – Be Positive
Don’t sit there and insult yourself every day, saying you hate your nose or your teeth or your body. Everyone else will do one of two things: comment saying you’re wrong, or not comment at all. We all have days where we feel like this. If you are simply fishing for compliments about your body then say that you love it instead. As long as you don’t overdo this, it’s fine, because you’re being positive and happy instead of moaning about it.
#8 – Be Funny
A sense of humour is attractive, so don’t get bogged down trying to be arty all the time. Tell jokes, take pictures where you don’t look so serious and maybe embarrass yourself a little bit. It’s all in the name of good humour.
#9 – Be Interesting, Without Being Pretentious
By all means, talk about your religious beliefs, your political ideals, your philosophies and your life, but understand that not everyone else shares the same views or lifestyle. Respect each other and don’t stand for any comments that you feel are unnecessary, such as those completely slating something that is otherwise acceptable (i.e. religion bashing or homophobia).
#10 – Limit Your Nudity
Keep your clothes on. Yes, Naked Friday was fun for a while, but now everything has been done. You may be completely ripped and enjoy looking at yourself naked – other people may too – but it doesn’t mean you have to be naked the entire time. We all know that nudes get views, but you are allowed to use your brain too.
#11 – Be Modest
Don’t expect people to follow you and don’t ignore them if they do.
#12 – Don’t Feel Obliged To Follow Everyone
Don’t forget though that some people seem to follow you apparently under the pretence that that’s enough to get you to follow them back. Never feel you have to follow anyone - only follow them if you find them interesting or actually want to see what they get up to.
#13 – Follow Friday
Like Twitter, DailyBooth has its own Follow Friday system in place. This is a good way to share the names of people you feel deserve more followers and saves you having to do it all week. Don’t go overboard though and name everyone you know – three to five is probably enough for a week.
#14 – Gatherings
Attend them! You can only learn so much about a person by seeing them online so do your best to meet people. If there isn’t one in your area, organise one!
#15 – Collaborations
Work with other Dailyboothers to engage people. Take two sides of an argument and have each of you present it on your own profile. It’s sure to spark a little bit of rivalry. Just keep it light and don’t let it descend into madness.
#16 – Finding The Balance
Sometimes uploads from the past and arty collages are nice, but so are snaps. People are there to see you, not some photoshopped, airbrushed, cleverly lighted version of you. Webcam snaps show that you’re real. There’s no shame in it, the rest of us are doing the same thing.
#17 – Congratulations
Congratulations! You should now be stable in the community and getting the full DailyBooth experience.