There are many reasons why people contribute content on the internet. Harvard Business Review identified six main reasons.
In some cases, people don’t even know that they are contributing to the content. For example, rating or commenting on a product. Some people just wanted to be honest by commenting about the product. Also, rating products has already been a habit of a person. In these cases, people are not aware that they are contributing to the content.
Sometimes, even just asking the simplest questions contribute to the content on the internet. Websites such as Yahoo Answers provide us with immediate gratification of finding out the answers to the things we want to be answered.
Some people contribute because of the benefits of connecting with other people. When you contribute content, you can connect with people concerned with it, people from your past, present, and your community.
Some people contribute to build their online reputation. They want to become credible persons or experts in a particular subject matter. Some even have their own websites in order to share the knowledge that they have.
This maybe the most frequent reason of all. People want to express their feelings and want to be heard. They share bits of their personal lives online by posting on social networking sites and blogs.
Of course, some people just contribute out of goodwill and kindness. They want to do good for other people so they share information on the internet. Examples are free online encyclopaedias that students use for their research.
Whatever the reason is, it’s good that there are people who help us by contributing information on the internet. What’s important is that there are sources available for us to use.