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Blab.im Etiquette (A Guide For Hosts & Participants)

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Have you signed up to Blab.im yet?

Are you afraid to really participate because you don’t know what is expected of you or just what the etiquette or participation best practices might be?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It can be hard to know how not to make those unintentional etiquette mistakes when you don’t know what the rules are. And with a platform as new as this, everyone in the community is tentatively testing it out and figuring it out as they go.

Having spent as much time as I have on all of the different social media platforms and on this platform in particular the last while, I have created a list of the written and unwritten rules that I have encountered while using Blab.im. Like etiquette on most platforms, these are mainly common sense, but there are also some that are specific to this very unique platform.

I would advice you to familiarize yourself with these before getting really active on Blab.im. I have made them into an easy to read cheat sheet that you can use as a quick reference guide, followed with participation strategies that you can use to get noticed and build your following on Blab.im

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The Definitive Guide To Blab.im Etiquette

Host & Cohosts

As a blab host or cohost, you have a number of responsibilities. People are taking time out of their day to jump on a blab with you (and making plans specifically around it). It is up to you to ensure that you set the pace and direction of the room and conversation by offering a conversation that they will find value from and respects their time and attention.

Here is a list of 19 do’s and don’ts that will help keep you on track while you host a blab:

  1. Do respect the time of others
  2. Do have an outline of points you want to cover
  3. Do work out technical errors before you start a blab
  4. Don’t start late
  5. Don’t forget to hit the record button
  6. Do keep introductions short
  7. Do engage and get to know room participants
  8. Don’t forget to remind everyone to Tell a little bird
  9. Do let participants know when you are opening up a seat
  10. Do remind the room how to ask a question (/q QUESTION)
  11. Don’t ignore the comment area
  12. Do acknowledge questions and let them know they are in the queue to be answered
  13. Don’t get off topic – unless that is your intention
  14. Do change the blab title when the topic changes (/topic TOPIC)
  15. Do give a warning 5 minutes before ending
  16. Do include the link to your next blab in the comments
  17. Don’t forget to change the topic back to the original title before you stop recording
  18. Don’t end late
  19. Do pass on the torch

Participants

Be a great participant when on someone else’s blab. Here is a short list of things you should and shouldn’t do if you want to grab the attention of the host(s) in a positive way.

A host will love you if you…

  1. Follow them on blab
  2. Subscribe to their blabs
  3. Tell a little bird
  4. Ask questions (/q QUESTION)
  5. Giving them props
  6. Request a seat
  7. Engage with other room participants in the comments

A host may remove, ignore or ban you if you…

  1. Blab jack or are otherwise disruptive to their blab
  2. Spam the comments with rude, unhelpful or inappropriate posts
  3. Have repeated or extended technical issues when you are live

New Terms Unique to Blab

Like with all social networks people come up with new terms that are unique to the platform. Here are a few I’ve heard when involved in Blabs.

Blab jacking (term coined by Joel Comm) – either taking over a conversion or leading it off topic when you are the guest of another blab host.

Prop bombing (term coined by Joel Comm) – giving one or more person on the screen hundreds or thousands of props.

Passing the Torch (term coined by Joel Comm and Michael Stelzner) – Passing your blab audience on to one of the participants in your blab by having them drop the link for their blab in the comments.

Tell a little bird – to share the blab with you Twitter Followers

Participation Strategies

While you can and should participate in any blab that is of interest to you personally, participating in other’s blabs is also a key strategy to building your own community on Blab.

There are a couple of reasons’ that this is so effective, especially if you join blabs that contain people who would be in your target market.

  1. Many hosts will often ask participants to follow everyone in the room as well as themselves.
  1. Participants will follow you if you post great questions, comments or helpful suggestions.
  1. Participants will follow you if you participate live in the Blab (and it can also grow your Twitter following if people Tell a little bird while you are in one of the 4 seats).
  1. If you follow participants in the audience (who are also likely part of your target market), many will follow you in return.

How To Get Accepted As A Live Participant

Unless prearranged with a host, you might be wondering just how you can be accepted to join as a live participant. There are a couple of great strategies which can help you. The key to these are to provide value, be helpful and authentic…but not to over do it.

Strategies to get noticed by the hosts on a Blab include:

  • Telling a little bird when you join a blab and several times during the hour.
  • Answering any questions, the hosts may ask at the beginning, such as where you are from or if this is your first Blab.
  • Making your questions relevant, short and clear as well as using the “/q YOUR QUESTION HERE” format to help it stand out.
  • Commenting and engaging as appropriate with other participants.
  • Answering the questions of others with short, clear and helpful answers using the reply feature.
  • Giving the hosts and other live participants props.

Once the host opens up the floor to participants, you can click Join + on the screen. If you have caught the attention of the hosts with your interactions and proven to be a great participant, there is a much greater chance that they will accept you.

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TIP: Blabs with less participants can make it easier to be called on. If you are trying in a busy room, your chances of getting on can be much lower depending on how many people are also trying to get on a live seat.

Participating Live

While many people are accepted to join as a live participant, many of those never actually get to participate because of technical problems. Don’t waste your chance or be that person. Make sure you test your microphone and camera on your own test blab beforehand and make sure everything is working properly.

Also ensure you do not have any background noise that could be disruptive to the Blab.

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When you are ready to be part of the live conversation, click the Join +. You will see a box with your image that says “waiting for host to accept”. If for any reason you are not ready or having tech problems, you can hit the “Cancel” button.

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Once you are accepted, you need to make the most of your opportunity. This does not include blabjacking or trying to take over the conversation. Don’t forget to:

  • Be respectful of the host(s) and other participants.
  • Be clear and concise when asking your question.
  • SMILE – remember, this is a conversation.
  • Be Authentic! Let everyone see the real you.
  • When your time is done, leave gracefully and thank your host(s).

When you are done you can either wait for the host to remove you or you can click the “X” in your box to leave. A warning will come up asking if you want to leave and you can just click OK.

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With these important blab do’s and don’ts and participation strategies, you can begin to build your own following and participate in a successful way on other’s blabs. In my third post on blab, How To Successfully Host & Promote A Blab (Blab.im), I take this a step father and share with you the tools and strategies you need to successfully host your own blab.

In case you missed my first post on blab, How To Use Blab.im (Live Video Streaming For Business), I walk you step-by-step through how to use blab on both your desktop and mobile devices.

Are you participating in blabs already? What strategies have you found most effective to catch the eye of the hosts and get you accepted live as a participant? Let us know in the comments below.

Follow me on Blab.im at blab.im/MelonieDodaro and subscribe to my weekly Blab show every Monday at 10 am PST (1 pm EST) with Lisa Larter.

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