In the most simple terms, the great social networkers are not self promoting, they are sharing and giving back. Social networks are LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, Stumble, Digg, Wikis, etc…
I am still trying to figure some of them out, such as Stumble. You see, Stumble is about sharing "good finds". You write a brief summary of the website/blog post and share it on Stumble. While I am sure there are people Stumbling their own content, the great users of Stumble share content of others. They become known as "Great Sharers" and therefore build their value that way. My great appreciation goes to Jacob Share of JobMob. He Stumbled one of my posts and I have seen huge traffic on my blog, and that is incredibly valuable to me.
Twitter works the same way. The people I follow, I follow because they share great info or develop great info. At least in my opinion. I learn from them. While I do Tweet my own info and content, it is rewarding to be recognized by having anything I Tweet re-tweeted.
Comments on blogs mean people are reading. If they are reading and commenting, that means they are listening.
Most of the popular bloggers regularly share links. They turnover the spot light to others and create an awareness.
In that vein, I want to shine the spot light on several Rochester bloggers who are helping the Rochester community.
Sir Linked Alot
All of these folks I follow on Twitter. You can too. Visit their blogs, sign up to receive their blog posts via email or subscribe to them in a reader like Google. Comment on their content, ask questions, be a thinker and a sharer.