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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Creating a Social Network by Angela Crocker

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Ease of Joining

A community member’s first experience with your social network is the process of signing up. A good network places the sign-up area in an easy-to-spot place on the home page, and keeps the process quick and simple. A big button that says Join Now goes a long way to helping turn a visitor into a member. Hiding the sign-up link in an obscure spot will only frustrate the visitor, who may give up trying to join.
When creating a sign-up process, don’t waste the time your new members could be investing in your community with needlessly complex procedures. In general, users are accustomed to providing a name, e-mail, password, and birthday. This is definitely one of those moments to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Tap into people’s ...

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