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

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Warmly Welcome Members

Acting as a gracious host is one of the best parts of being a network manager. When people join your network, welcome them to the community with open arms. Embrace their contribution and enjoy their company.
If your community is on a small scale, you can do this individually with personalized messages and introductions. If your community is larger, with numerous new members joining each day, find other ways to welcome them. Perhaps you could offer a free download as a thank-you for signing up, or send a message after their first week to ask how it’s going. Yes, this will have to be a mass e-mail type message, but mail merge technology can allow you to personalize the messages you send.
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