February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Found on the internet brings to you tips, suggestions and resources on and about how communities are using technology to forward their community efforts. The material comes from the Best of the Week Creators Digest: A digest of discussions, blog posts, and interesting things found along the way  by Ning Creators.


Found on the internet, 11/4

November 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

How to Select Moderators and Staff Members on an Established Online Community: “We’re getting toward the end of of the latest round of new staff members on an established online community that I have run for over 10 years. Many communities, mine included, feature a staff of volunteers, who complement the person or team that is primarily responsible for the community. Volunteer staff members have low requirements placed upon them and they join the team for differing reasons.”

How to Stop Caring About Trolls and Get On With Your Life: “You see them everywhere you go on the internet: anonymous users with nothing to say but rude, off-topic, or annoying comments aimed at making you angry. The only cure is to just stop caring, and while that’s easier said than done, these tips should help you overcome their spell.”

The Story of Expanded Awareness: “There’s a vase full of roses on our dining table. Each week it’s a different color or a new variety. The first time I had the roses there, as soon as they turned slightly droopy I threw them out. Why not, right? I mean they weren’t doing anyone any good, looking so old. One day, instead of throwing them out, I trimmed them a little bit and put them in a smaller vase. They perked right up and thrived for quite a while before it was time to throw them out. I noticed something… as they aged, something else happened.”

6 Eye-Catching Graphics that All Blogs Need

5 Tools to Better Time Your Tweets

Found on the internet :) October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

How Do You Turn a Stranger into a Participant Within an Online Community?: “There’s so much written about the building of communities and how to get them running. But for everyone that supports an online community that is only the starting point. And as I mentioned to a group of people the other week, we all know how to build them, but do we really know how to make them successful and fulfil its purpose?”

Japan Giving 10,000 Flights to Social Media Bloggers to Boost Tourism: “The Japan Tourism Agency is seriously looking at the potential of social media to help the country’s tourism industry regain visitors after the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear issues. The agency is proposing the country offer 10,000 free round trip tickets to social media users to help promote the country as a safe and exciting holiday destination.”

The Art of Learning: “The most inspiring and brilliant people I know have one thing in common: they never stop learning. At the moment, I’m sitting in a crowded Apple Store at a table across from a man who is setting up his brand new MacBook laptop. “This is serious business,” An elderly man in his late 70’s says with an eager smile.”

A New List of Free Social Bookmarking Icons

75 Most Empowering, Inspirational Quotes for Sassy, Kickass Women

A Dedication to Steve Jobs, Using Only Mac Sounds

Found on the internet! 9/24/11

September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Communities Need Systems: “A week or so ago I received a newsletter with the subject ‘Losers have goals… winners have systems.’ I have been doing a lot of work to systemitize the day-to-day activities I do with communities. I think communities that are able to leverage systems are successful.”

Using Your Online Community After an Event: “I have received a few calls from organizations recently that asked about setting up an online community around an event. These organizations would like their community to only be tied to that specific event. The problem with this is if you get all your attendees to use an event community, but it is only focused around a specific event, at some point you have to pull the plug on that community and start from scratch for next years event. To me, this just does not make sense.”

Why Curiosity Is the Way to a Better Life: “We live out our years in perpetual debt, hoping that we don’t get fired. We sit on our butts, we get fat, we get unhealthy, and then we die of some stupid disease that we could have prevented. Screw. That. We need to start challenging ourselves to be different. Without challenge, we don’t grow. You want your life to be better? Start getting curious about the world around you.”

300 Reasons to Be Happy: “It’s my firm belief that even when it seems like everything’s going wrong in your life, there is always, always, ALWAYS something that’s going right. You owe it to yourself to find out what that is and bring it into your awareness.”

30 Free Grunge Fonts You Can Use on the Web

20 Useful Online File Converter Tools

Found on the internet, 9/16/11 :)

September 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Community Building Isn’t About Influencers: “It’s about engaging with the people who love your stuff and support your business, regardless of how many Twitter followers or Facebook friends or RSS subscribers they have. Everyone has some measure of influence over someone else and, together, your community will always have greater influencer than the influencers.”

One Simple Little Button that Will Get You More Pageviews? Heck Yes!: “Yesterday I was wasting time online (as I am wont to do, despite my best efforts) and happened to find myself reading this blog post. I say that I was reading the post, but I actually I didn’t even get through the second paragraph. Something in the sidebar caught my eye and nearly made me pee my pants from excitement.”

Found on the internet 8/26

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

5 Social Approaches Misleadingly Called Communities: “There are three elements to a community. 1) A specific group of people who have 2) developed relationships with each other through a 3) strong common interest. Specific people + strong common interest + relationships, that’s it. So lets highlight 5 activities which aren’t communities. “

Found on the internet 8/19

August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Channels of Growth: “This weekend, one community manager explained that search engines accounted for nearly all growth to a community. It outweighed direct visits, any visible referral activity, links from any site and exceeded all social media traffic. SEO, he declared, was the best way to grow a community. The problem with that statement is he wasn’t doing anything else to drive growth. His plan for growth was to wait for members to search for a word and hope they became active community members.”

A Eulogy for Google Plus: “Yes, the die hard hipsters on the internet might flock to G+ to be the first kids on the block embracing the new network, and might even have their own little Google Plus cliques, but most of those who have gone there have found it to be an empty room.”

10 Twitter Tools Used by Social Media Experts: “With so many Twitter tools out there, it’s hard to know which ones to trust with your Twitter account management. So why not take a look at what the social media and industry experts are using!”

Found on the internet 8/5

August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sacrificing Members: “You have to give something up to get something better. Communities need to embrace this law. They need to sacrifice the majority of potential members and focus on a narrowly defined audience with a unique and strong common interest.”

Community Members Don’t Need to Be Reminded That It’s Their Birthday: “Home Brew Talk is a great online community for those who enjoy brewing their own beer. Unfortunately they’re wasting time when they wish their members a happy birthday. Here’s the email they send…”

6 Ways to Make Marketing Content Snackable: “Odds are, there are three instantaneous factors that determine whether or not someone chooses to read your blog post. Those three things are (probably in this order): the title, supporting image, and introductory paragraph. If you haven’t earned their readership by that point, it’s probably in your best interest as well as theirs that they stop reading; you understand – you’re busy too!