This week on Found on the Internet 2/19

February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

6 Reasons to Craft a Strong Mission Statement for Your Online Community: ” Imagine someone cruising past your website. Would they know what your community is about by glancing at it? If not, you need to provide your new visitors with an idea of the purpose of your social proposition.”

How to Create Your Own Social Networking Community “With all of the existing communities out there, what’s the benefit of creating your own? What does it take to create a successful, thriving community to which members are happy to come back regularly?”

Uprisings and Communities: “High speed, sudden impact. Huge followings within weeks. Just do something unusual or something that sparks a strong emotional reaction. But the impact doesn’t last. Once the issue fades, the audience dissipates. That amazing sense of community people in Egypt feel today, will be gone in a few weeks. They came out in force because against an issue, not for each other. The difference is huge. Don’t ever mistake uprisings for communities. It’s almost the opposite. Communities are brought together by interests, not issues. Communities will never get the headlines that uprisings do, but they’ll still be around in 5 years time.”

Great… Now I Need Klout!!!: “Klout is some rating used by Hoot Suite that measures… well I don’t know what it measures. I presume it measures your standing and your “clout” on Twitter? It’s kind of the credit-rating score of social media. In any case, all-wise Hoot Suite has determined my Klout number. Immediately I had to see everyone else’s Klout number.”

Klout as a Tool for Community Managers: Why I Don’t Buy It: “There’s no denying that Klout score is intimately linked to Twitter use — after all, it’s tied to your Twitter account, isn’t it? What else, besides Twitter, does Klout even measure? Not blogging. Basically, Klout score is a Twitter score that rewards prolific Twitter users.”

Is Online Privacy… Dead?: “Has social media nullified the principles of online privacy, and by extension security? Do you agree with our theory that privacy and security, when it comes to social networks, have gone the way of the Dodo bird?”

How Reddit Became Reddit – The Biggest Smallest Community Online: “I’ve yet to encounter a site as large as reddit that has comparable strenght of community. This is the question I’m asked the most and yet have the worst answer to: “What did you do to build such a strong community on reddit?” My crappy answer is simple, at least: we gave a damn.

It’s Time for Community Forums to Grow Up


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