Some slacktivism is probably way more effective than other slacktivism, so somebody should do some prioritization research to find the best slacktivism techniques. (1)
For example, I almost always like EA job ads on Facebook and Twitter because if I do, this leads to more people seeing the ad, which leads to EA orgs getting more and better applicants, which leads to more impact.
This seems like an exceptionally good return on investment per effort (which is essentially zero), so more people should be doing it, which is why I’m sharing it here.
However, this is just a really quick conclusion with very little thought put into it. For example, how often should you like job ads? Is it better to do it for all of them or have a more complex strategy? Is it different on different social media platforms?
What about totally different actions? For example, are there ways to help with organization’s fundraisers? What about sharing certain activities, like going vegan or taking the Giving What We Can pledge? How about using profile frames?
I’d love to see a writeup of a more in-depth analysis about the different ways to do “effective slacktivism”, or links to existing work in the area. I bet there is a lot of low-hanging fruit here and if somebody took the time to do some prioritization work on it, that could end up increasing the impact of the community for a long time.
This could be an especially good research project for somebody who’s considering getting into prioritization research work. It could give a low-risk, low-cost way to get a taste for the work while also providing a tangible, immediate benefit to the world.
As such, we are putting out a bounty of $100 USD for anybody who writes a post doing prioritization research on slacktivism that gets over 30 upvotes, subject to our discretion.
What are your ideas for small actions that could be high ROI?
(1) I would like to nominate this sentence for the Most EA Opening Line contest. I would also like somebody to make that contest because I would find it amazing.