this week on Found on the Internet! 6/24

June 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Stop Looking at Other Communities: “Being number one (in whatever way) is a fun thing. But, if you live and die by being number one, you will likely never be as happy as you should be. There is plenty of room for great success without being the largest or most popular. That sort of success is fleeting, anyway. You can’t always be number one, but you can always be you.”

Mastering Motivation: “When you’re making community plans, list a motivation next to every action you want members to take. This motivation might be the need to belong and feel part of a group. A member might therefore take actions (make contributions, participate in discussions, create/share content) to feel like they belong to a group. Every action you want a member to take must be supported by a motivation. The challenge is to identify and subtly use that motivation. ”

Why Macro Networks Aren’t Great At Community: “I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and as someone who has been a member, moderator and creator of web communities both independent and within macro social networks (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn) for more than 10 years I’ve come to a simple conclusion. That, in essence, macro networks just aren’t great at community. They might never be due to the inherent nature of such a network. Here’s why….”

Dear Photograph, a Breath of Creativity: “Every once in a while you stumble on a creative project that goes beyond itself. Dear Photograph, if you haven’t heard, is one such project. The website is more than a collection of photographs or letters, it’s a living, breathing community powered by the creativity of everyone who stumbles upon it.”

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