MyLot is a very Social Network
MyLot exists for discussions. Yes, people share photos, too, but only with some personal words and only one per discussion. People join MyLot to make friends or to talk to those on the network who are already friends. Some of those friends may also be friends in the real world, but most are only virtual friends.
Why Would I Want to Talk to People I Don’t Know?
First, you can speak freely about things you might not want to talk to family and friends about. Many myLot members discuss family problems or other problems they might not want the people they see outside of the internet to be aware of.
For the first years I was on myLot my user name was unlike any other I used online and my real name did not show. I wanted to talk about things on my mind I did not necessarily want customers to see if they googled my name. After I retired from the business I started using my real name. It wouldn’t matter anymore if I had opinions my customers might not have agreed with.
There are many interesting people living where I’d never meet them except on myLot. There I communicate with people from several different countries I’ve never visited. I learn a lot about their countries from them I’d never learn from newscasts or online articles. I learn what their lives are really like and how they compare to mine. We see how much we have in common in spite of geographical and cultural differences.
What Do You Talk to Strangers About?
Whatever is on your mind. Maybe it’s the weather or your social life or your family. People talk about their travels, their gardens, their jobs, the anecdotes that reveal what their lives are like. People vent when they are frustrated and celebrate when they accomplish something. In other words, they talk to each other as friends do in the real world.
Many people live alone or don’t have an active social life anymore. They know that there is always someone at myLot they can talk to. MyLot friends live in every time zone. MyLot friends don’t remain strangers long. You soon find you know many of them better than those Facebook friends you haven’t seen since high school.
MyLot Friends Really Do Begin to Care about Each Other
On myLot many people have been friends for years. They have developed many friendships in common. So if someone seems to have disappeared, many people do care and try to find out what happened any way they can.
We have a popular person in her nineties who lives in a retirement home. She recently was suddenly MIA. MyLot is her bridge to the outside world. She normally posted several times a day, so her absence was obvious. Naturally we were concerned. But one person is in touch with her son and lets us know anything she learns. We all care.
I have never met a troll or a mean person on myLot. If one shows up, it gets reported and the troll is gone. Spammers also disappear fast.
When someone goes through a tough time or has a problem to solve, they can feel free to share it and be sure they will get support from their friends. Some continue conversations privately through the private messaging provided.
How Does myLot Work?
MyLot is free. All all you have to do is sign up and make a simple profile. Choose a username and a display name. Upload your avatar. To help people who may want to follow you, include your country or city and state. Your age will also show. If you wish, add a slogan or statement that tells something about you. You may also add a link to your website or other social profile. When finished, you are ready to participate. Here’s my profile.
Post Your First Discussion
This should be an introduction that lets people know where you’re from, what you’re interested in, and any facts about yourself that would help people to see what they may have in common with you. This will also give them an idea of your writing style.
Let your personality show. Do not post any referral or promotional links because they are against the guidelines. MyLot is for discussion, not promotion. Word count doesn’t matter in either discussions or comments. Write as you would talk to friends.
This first discussion will help you make friends. If you comment on other discussions and people like your comments, they will check your profile. They will probably go right to your posts to see what you’ve written and which discussions you have commented on. If they like what they see they will follow you. People are very friendly and always want more people to interact with.
Tip: When you post to myLot, remember your post is for stimulating discussion rather than just conveying information as you might in a blog post. I try to end every post with at least one question that will encourage commenting. Answer every comment as quickly as you can.
How Do I Meet People and Get Talking?
First, go to the top of the page and let your mouse hover over EXPLORE. (See profile photo above.) You will see a drop down menu. Click any option that looks interesting and dive in wherever you wish.
The best way to meet people is to find a discussion that looks interesting and join in. Don’t be shy! Members expect and welcome people they haven’t met yet who join in. It increases their income when people participate in their discussions. (Yes, you can earn money on myLot. Keep reading.)
When you are commenting on a discussion, be sure to read it carefully and also read the other comments. Then make a relevant and intelligent comment yourself. Those who don’t know you yet will check your profile if they like your comment and then they will be likely to follow you.
It’s OK to also comment on the comments others make, just as you would in a group conversation. Every MyLot discussion is meant to be a group conversation. The threaded commenting format makes such conversations easy.
Be sure to follow the author of a post you like and the people who make interesting comments on that post. You are sure to find people who share some of your interests. The more active you are, the faster you will make friends — as long as you follow the myLot guidelines.
Did You Say I Can Earn Money at MyLot?
Yes, you can earn a few pennies on myLot. As you participate regularly pennies will collect in your account and when you’ve collected $5, you will get paid before the 15th of the next month. Learn how to earn money on myLot.
Unlike many online sites, such as Virily, that pay its members to participate, myLot doesn’t list specific actions they pay for. You don’t get paid a set amount for each post or comment you make. But the more active you are and the more you inspire others to comment on your posts, the more pennies you will collect. The more you enjoy interacting and the less you think about how much you may be earning, the more you will probably earn. The amount you have earned always shows at the top of your profile.
Many sites that have disappeared, such as Bubblews, have specified how much they would pay for each member action. They could not earn enough to pay what they promised, so they stopped paying completely and then disappeared shortly after that. Read how myLot compares to some of those now dead sites.
Will MyLot Help a Writer or Blogger?
It will indirectly help a writer or blogger to participate on myLot. Though you can’t directly promote your work, you can meet many more people who may also want to follow you on other social networks where you do promote your work. You will gain some name recognition if you are an author or blogger. You can also put a link to your blog or your Facebook page in your myLot profile.
I find myLot most useful for finding ideas, researching what people think about various topics, and just relaxing. Many members have also helped me with technical issues or just provided a listening ear when I needed it. You will meet students in other countries who are practicing their English. You will meet writers, musicians, artists, young mothers, widowed folk, the rich and the poor. You’ll meet gamers and people who would rather read. You will meet people from all walks of life and from many religions and with many different political views.
I regularly interact with friends from China, India, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Philippines, and many other countries. But I also communicate with those Americans who live in my own city, the rest of California, and in other states. Being an active member of myLot enables me to keep my finger on the pulse of ordinary people in the international community and in my own country.
Have you joined myLot yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Meet me at myLot.