Found on the internet, 5/27 :)

May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Real Reason Virtual Communities Matter to Nonprofits: “Not-for-profit organizations feel pressure. They feel pressure from their board. They feel pressure from their partners. They feel pressure from their staff. And they feel pressure from their mission. One of the newest and most intense pressures they feel is the pressure to use social media and social networks effectively. This pressure is so strong partly due to the speed in which ideas travel online and the number of people who get their information from online sources.”

Three Rules for Using Polls in Online Communities: “I love conducting polls in online communities. They’re fun, enlightening, and great conversation starters. Best of all, they’re an easy way for lurkers to start participating. Think of polls as the gateway drug of communities. Here are my three rules for creating great polls in your community”

Avoid Mixing Creation with Evaluation: “Your job as a creative thinker is to create and forget about limits or whether or not you’re doing it right or anything like that. Create, and then you can critique. Trying to do both at the same time is like trying to jump while at the same time attempting to sit in a chair.”

Creating Better Volunteering Roles in Your Community: “If you’re struggling to keep the forums moderated, you might want some volunteers. The typical approach here is to advertise for volunteers to moderate the forums. You might get a few, they will last for a while and once they get bored you will need to recruit another batch. The better approach is to create a broader, more exciting, role.”

Found on the internet 5/6

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

You Gotta Feed The Dog: “Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about feeding the dog. The dog being your social media presence. Every online community (Twitter, video, blogging, Facebook, private online community, etc.) demands all of these at all stages of its life. If you don’t maintain a space actively, your followers become uninterested, and your social community will wither and die. If you don’t feed the dog as much as it needs, it will die. You gotta feed the dog if you’re doing your job.”

How To Get Influential People Participating In Your Community: “Most communities don’t try to be great. There is a way to tackle this, aim for big wins. One of biggest wins is to have influential people participating in your community.”

Community Easter Egg Hunt: “People often to stick to areas of a community they are familar with. In some cases I’ve seen people who won’t even venture out of a thread/topic let along interact within another section of the site, so I love this because it’s simple, creative and encourages members to explore areas of the community that they might not otherwise have ventured into.”

Gaming for Charity and How to Grow an Audience: “An annual event going back to 2008, the Mario Marathon is an amazing example of building a community through word of mouth, relentless promotion and clever interactions with fans. It’s one of the earliest examples of a gaming marathon benefitting charity, which involves streaming gamers playing the games to a live audience over the course of several days.”

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