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Social Design

Are You a Member of the Flickr Community? Really?

Posted by: leelefever on February 7, 2007- 4:00pm

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Boris asked me this question recently and it made me think. In fact, I got lost this morning down a rabbit hole reading about people who are most definitely members of the Flickr community. Though the relationship quite strange, Thomas Hawk, the CEO of competitive photo sharing site Zooomr, is one example of a devoted Flickr community member. He has solid credentials and cares about Flickr - even though it manifests itself in negativity from time to time. I point to Thomas because he is an... Continue Reading

The Slow Death of Community at the Hands of Marketing?

Posted by: leelefever on February 3, 2007- 4:00pm

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Tara Hunt kicked off an excellent discussion recently at the Future of Communities blog that coincides with the Community 2.0 Conference. Tara's basic point is that "community" has become a garish buzzword and all the marketing attention to community could spell its doom. It's scary to her and to me too. It reminds me of being an online customer community manager 2000-2003. We were so far under the marketing radar that we didn't have to worry about the influence of anyone in the company.... Continue Reading

The Slow Death of Community at the Hands of Marketing?

Posted by: leelefever on February 3, 2007- 4:00pm

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Tara Hunt kicked off an excellent discussion recently at the Future of Communities blog that coincides with the Community 2.0 Conference. Tara's basic point is that "community" has become a garish buzzword and all the marketing attention to community could spell its doom. It's scary to her and to me too. It reminds me of being an online customer community manager 2000-2003. We were so far under the marketing radar that we didn't have to worry about the influence of anyone in the company.... Continue Reading

Response from Jake's 5 Minute Question on Community

Posted by: leelefever on January 14, 2007- 4:00pm

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Jake at CommunityGuy.com asked a group of folks who do work in the online community world to respond to a simple question recently: If you had 5 minutes with an inquisitive marketing manager, what would you want to make sure they learned about working with fans/community? He received 7 great responses that all speak from different angles. One of my favorite responses was from Spike Jones from Brains on Fire because it sums up one of the biggest obstacles that businesses often have to overcome... Continue Reading

LinkedIn Answers - As Only LinkedIn Could

Posted by: leelefever on January 9, 2007- 4:00pm

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Boris pointed me to LinkedIn Answers recently and I’ve been quite impressed. It’s certainly got some areas to improve, but it brings together some of the elements that make for an interesting community/social experience. Here are a few: It’s LinkedIn: Q&A sites have come and gone over the years, but they were generally open to everyone – they lacked a meaningful way to build trust and connection quickly. They felt anonymous. LinkedIn has already accounted for the hard part –... Continue Reading

A New Found Passion for Social Video

Posted by: leelefever on January 7, 2007- 4:00pm

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I’ve come home from our trip with a new area of interest that will surely be apparent on Common Craft in 2007. In Hong Kong I bought a video camera and decided that I would start producing 2-3 minute videos of our experiences. I fell in love and it seemed like things just fell into place – the availability and ease of editing tools, prices of video cameras, You Tube distribution and overall awareness grabbed by attention in a big way. Of course, 2006 was also the year of You Tube for... Continue Reading

People Subscriptions on 43 People

Posted by: leelefever on November 27, 2005- 4:00pm

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Right here before Common Craft closes down for the year, I wanted to point to one of the most interesting things I’ve seen in the social/community/web2.0 space: the Subscriptions feature on 43People.com. (You’ll need to be logged-in to see/use it). I talk about the Robot Co-op quite a bit and I may be a bit biased as they are friends here in Seattle. However, I believe that they are doing some of the most innovative and fascinating things on the Web right now. Despite being under-hyped (... Continue Reading

Learning to Listen (Again)

Posted by: leelefever on November 21, 2005- 4:00pm

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Lately I've been involved in a program to help new bloggers get started on the right foot. Our basic idea is that there are two basic skills for successful blogging. They are: Listening – Being aware of the information being shared among bloggers and across the web Writing – Crafting blog posts that are compelling, interesting, insightful, etc.Lately I’ve had the opportunity to practice what I preach by diving head first into a whole new niche of bloggers and information on the Web... Continue Reading

TidBits from Online Community History

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2005- 4:00pm

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Earlier this week, I did a talk with a graduate Communications class at the University of Washington. Below I’ve focused on some of the historical perspectives from the talk: History Online Communities predate the public Internet and the Web. In 1978, when the Ward Christensen put up the first BBS (Bulletin Board System), the primordial ooze of online communities started to sprout legs or fins. Since that time, the growth and adoption of online communities have been shaped by two big forces... Continue Reading

Experimenting with Personal Tags

Posted by: leelefever on November 9, 2005- 4:00pm

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The TwinF site has given me some fun opportunities to try-out some of the new tools coming out of the Drupal community of late. An example is the use of tags to organize the content of our “Dispatchesâ€??, or blog posts. We quickly found out that we need a strategy- some way to have some consistency in our tagging. Otherwise, we risk the tags sprawling out in all directions at once. For instance, singular vs. plural tags… Do we tag something “photoâ€?? or “photosâ€??, â€... Continue Reading

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