Why ReSteem is a two edged sword
||So, the last week has been a lot of talk regarding the new ReSteem function introduced to the page. Looking trough the archives it's quite funny to see that someone actually wrote about this functionality being missing over a month ago.|
Followers are the fourth currency
This function can be a great success for someone that is small, new to the platform, and don't have that many followers. If they get ReSteemed by someone that writes regarding the same topics and has quite some followers it could mean that this user will get much more attention. Instead of giving you a share of their Steem, they give you exposure to THEIR followers, and that is a great trust.
But a smaller user can also have some great utility of this function. If you're small and writes about something specific, many of your users will be interested in reading things about this and ReSteeming post from others with the same content will hopefully give you more followers. You will not earn Steem or SBD but rather Followers.
The new "currency" on steemit (and has always pretty much been) are Followers. But right now it's much more obviously.
Sharing is Good, But Caring is Better
But there is a two edged sword situation here. You shouldn't ReSteem EVERYTHING that you find. Your followers are following YOU, not someone else. They may find other posts on the same topic very interesting tough, and that's what you're aiming for here. Me, I write about Gridcoin and will most likely not share many posts about baking or skydiving. I will probably ReSteem things regarding Gridcoin, Computer Science and Cryptocurrency.
Use With Caution, Powerful tools available
This new feature is very powerful and should be used with great care. If you are not careful it will end up destroying your reputation, declining followers and less exposure. Remember that your success is made by your followers and they are the ones you should care for. Never think you are big enough to not care about that. Great success takes a very long time to build, but can be destroyed in a second and takes forever to rebuild.