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Experience Report 3: Total Newbie

Sign up for a social web service you don’t currently use (reddit, stackoverflow, Twitter, Instagram, etc). Use it for at least three days, and try to gain traction in the community. What does it mean to “gain traction” in this community?  Does the service do anything to help newcomers?  Did anything prevent you from becoming an active community member? How does the site communicate about a member's role within the community?

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