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Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
8 weeks ago by inspiral
The year we wanted the internet to be smaller | The Verge
The old promise of the internet — niche communities, human connection, people exchanging ideas, maybe even paying each other for the work they’d made — never really lost its appeal, but this year it came back with a miniature vengeance.

We can see this longing for community — and specifically, the sort of small, weird communities that populated and defined the early internet — everywhere. There’s Amino, the Tumblr-inspired app that lets fandoms build online spaces that are essentially club houses, then coordinate the creation of elaborate works of fan art, fiction, cosplay, and fandom lore. At the request of its largely teenage audience, the platform released its first cosplay yearbook this December, and doled out honors to the best writing, photography, and tutorials around cosplay. The thousands of fandom-specific rooms are lively and strange, each with their own moderators and byzantine rules.
internet  culture  community  niche  patronage  Tumblr  Patreon  email  evolution  TheVerge  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
YouTube Creator Blog: New tools to shape conversations in your comments section
Your relationship with your community is what makes YouTube unique. Whether your fans are Nerdfighters or Mirfandas, they’ve created a close-knit bond with you and your content. We realize that comments play a key role in growing this connection and we’re dedicated to making your conversations with your community easier and more personal. We've been listening to your feedback and we’re excited to roll out new comment features, including:
Pinned comments: promote a specific comment by pinning it to the top of your feed. This lets you highlight great engagement from your fans or share information with your audience.
Creator hearts: show some love by giving a heart to your favorite comments. This is a new and easy way to acknowledge comments from your community.
Creator usernames: when you comment on your channel, your username will appear under the text with a pop of color around it so your viewers can easily tell that the comment is coming from you. If you are a verified creator, you will still have a verification checkmark appear beside your name.
community  moderation  redesign  Youtube  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Forum Software vs. Online Community Platforms: Which is the Best Support Option for Your Company?
nage membership and dues on an individual or company level. However, if you don’t have membership requirements now or plan to track membership in your community in the future, this might be an unnecessary feature.
forums  community  utility  comparison  onlinecommunityplatform  Socious  2014 
october 2016 by inspiral
How To Start A Forum | Membership Knowledge Hub by Wild Apricot
What is a forum?
Would your organization benefit from having a forum on your website?
Is a Forum Right for You?
What’s Involved With Creating a Forum?
Managing Your Forum’s Success
forums  community  guide  bestpractice  WildApricot 
october 2016 by inspiral
Clubbing’s Demise and the Downfall of London — Failed Architecture
London is still full of places where this negotiation is happening. And some of the fundamental founding ideas behind the modern underground club ought to make it one of these places. But these days London clubs cannot so easily offer the chance for regular encounters. Few people can plausibly go week-in-week-out to a club. The pressures of having to support a life in London by working more and having less free time, lead to frequent exhaustion at the week’s end. The cost of going out and the ridiculous hassle of negotiating a city on London’s scale during the night, all mean that partying all night is too much of a burden to make it a regular thing.

But given the pressures I’ve just listed, the club is not the only space which fails in its promise to provide a place for negotiated propinquity. The city as a whole does not provide sufficient space for people, especially its younger and less settled inhabitants, to see each other regularly. And it’s a pretty serious problem. A city’s whole creative dynamism rises and falls on the ability of people who do similar things and have similar interests to see each other regularly.
clubbing  music  community  propinquity  review  critique  gentrification  London  FailedArchitecture  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
YouTube gets its own social network with the launch of YouTube Community | TechCrunch
Confirming earlier reports that YouTube was planning to introduce more social networking features to its service, the company announced this morning the launch of YouTube Community, which allows video creators to better engage viewers using text, GIFs, images and more. The goal with the new features is to help keep creators from departing to competing platforms by offering more tools for connecting with their audience, beyond the videos themselves.

YouTube has been testing the new service over the past several months with a handful of creators in order to gain feedback. Today, it’s launching the service into public beta with this group of early testers, and will make it available to a wider group of creators in the “months ahead,” it says.
Youtube  YoutubeCommunity  launch  community  socialmedia  Techcrunch  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Inside Backstage: YouTube's plan to bring photos, polls, and text to the video service | VentureBeat | Media | by Harrison Weber
Amid competition from Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers. Backstage is expected to launch by the end of the year, possibly this fall, on mobile and desktop, initially with select popular YouTube accounts and with limited features, VentureBeat has learned.

Akin to a Facebook Timeline or Twitter profile, Backstage will live alongside the Home and Videos tabs within individual YouTube channels. Posts shared to Backstage will appear in reverse chronological order, and, crucially, will also appear in subscribers’ feeds and notifications, making them highly visible to fans.

While Backstage is expected to introduce entirely new types of content to YouTube, including tweet-like text posts and topical polls, it also presents new opportunities for video sharing. Backstage will eventually enable users to share both traditional YouTube videos and Backstage-only videos, possibly creating an opportunity for more intimate, or even ephemeral, video sharing between YouTubers and their fans.
Youtube  YoutubeBackstage  launch  community  photography  polls  video  socialmedia  Venturebeat  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — The meaning of trust in the age of Airbnb
Simple activities become arduous in a low-trust society. How can you be sure you won’t be robbed on the way to the corner store? Hire a bodyguard? (Can you trust him?) The watered-down milk is in a locked fridge. As for something more complex like arranging a mortgage, forget about it.
trust  reputation  community  ecommerce  review  author:TimHardord  TimHarford  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Instagram nixes naughty comments | TechCrunch
Comment reels can become cesspools, especially on celebrity social media posts that get replies by the thousands. But now Instagram is letting its new business pages take out the trash with a new Comment Moderation option. It “Blocks comments with words or phrases often reported as offensive from appearing on your posts.”

Instagram confirms to me that the feature rolled out yesterday and can be found in the settings of accounts that have turned on the Business Page option.
Instagram  comments  moderation  launch  community  socialmedia  Techcrunch  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Can War Foster Cooperation? - Marginal REVOLUTION
In the past decade, nearly 20 studies have found a strong, persistent pattern in surveys and behavioral experiments from over 40 countries: individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and prosocial behavior. Thus while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement. We discuss, synthesize and reanalyze the emerging body of evidence, and weigh alternative explanations. There is some indication that war violence especially enhances in-group or “parochial” norms and preferences, a finding that, if true, suggests that the rising social cohesion we document need not promote broader peace.
war  conflict  cooperation  local  community  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Minecraft Generation - The New York Times
How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching
millions of children to master the digital world.
Minecraft  gaming  profile  programming  children  community  Youtube  NYTimes  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
SIKM Leaders Community - Yahoo Groups
SIKM Leaders Community is a "community of Knowledge Management leaders from around the world. It is open to all KM practitioners. The goal is to share experiences and insights on implementing KM programs. Diverse opinions are welcome if expressed in a supportive and collaborative manner. Members are encouraged to share KM-related job openings and details on their own availability for employment in the field.

POLICY: Posts should be personal, relevant to KM, and not spam. Members should not send messages which are duplicates of those distributed through other channels. Instead, post one-time invitations to join other lists."
knowledgemanagement  community  forum  SIKMLeadersCommunity 
march 2016 by inspiral
actkm: About Us
The actKM Forum is a "not-for-profit learning community dedicated to building and sharing knowledge about knowledge management, and contributing to improved organizational performance through effective management of knowledge and information resources. It aims to provide an environment where members can create and share knowledge about both public and private sector knowledge management issues.

Please think of the actKM Discussion List as being like a dinner party. Lively, interesting conversation that is respectful of the other guests is encouraged. Just remember that you have been invited into the home of others and that the host might ask you to tone it down if you go too far.
knowledgemanagement  forum  community  actkm 
march 2016 by inspiral
My view on the current situation of Bitcoin and the Blockchain - Joi Ito's Web
I've decided to spend the next chunk of time trying to counteract or balance some of the most misguided stuff that I'm seeing in areas that will have an impact on our future. It feels like while the Bitcoin Core development community is robust, the ecosystem of stakeholders and the understanding of how decisions are made and information is shared is still fragile and vulnerable. I fear that the communication and now emotional rift between various key groups and individuals is wide right now, but I believe it's imperative that we try to bring the community together and focus on executing on a shared technical plan that represents our best shot at broad consensus from both a technical and a practical perspective. Hopefully, we can build a community and a process that is more robust and can handle the inevitable disagreements in the future in a less emotional and more technical and operational way.
blockchain  Bitcoin  Ethereum  Ripple  humanresources  BitcoinCore  community  review  JoiIto  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Cool Online Collaborative Communities
Spotlight on unique collaborative communities bringing people together to inspire, innovate
community  collaboration  creativeshowcase  Ravelry  Minecraft  43Things  NextDoor  MozillaScienceLab  Redbooth  2014 
february 2016 by inspiral
State of Community Management 2014 | Lithium Resources
In their exhaustive 5th annual report they survey more than 160 communities across eight unique competencies and reported their findings. Download the full report and our summary white paper with key highlights to easily digest and impress your community manager friends!

Download the report and find out why:

Community is delivering measurable business results
Superfans and advocacy programs pay off
Your CEO needs to get with the (community) program
External and internal communities are unique beasts
And why it’s awesome to be a community manager these days
community  research  survey  Lithium  2014 
february 2016 by inspiral
Online Communities—the Heart of Social Strategy
An online community at its most basic level is a collection of social engagement and enlistment apps where we can create personalized social experiences, manage and moderate conversation, reach a global audience, and drive website
traffic with SEO.

Every successful community solution has four basic ingredients if expected to engage and enlist social customers to behave in ways that benefit the community: Utility, Relevance, Health, and Reach.
community  guide  strategy  Lithium  2012 
february 2016 by inspiral
The uber-loneliness of the sharing economy driver | Technology | The Guardian
The alienated workers behind Uber’s app are using other networks to communicate, saying they need the companionship
Uber  drivers  community  Zello  UberPeople  review  Guardian  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Against “Don’t Read the Comments” — Medium
Here’s a spoiler: Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community. That’s the bottom line.
community  abuse  critique  author:AnilDash  Medium  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Mossberg: Twitter has become secret-handshake software | The Verge
Basically, Twitter has become what I call "secret-handshake software" — something that's so complicated that, as in a secret society, only insiders know the rituals that unlock its power.
Twitter  socialmedia  complexity  critique  userexperience  community  harassment  author:WalterMossberg  TheVerg  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment — Medium
Why has Bitcoin failed? It has failed because the community has failed. What was meant to be a new, decentralised form of money that lacked “systemically important institutions” and “too big to fail” has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse. The mechanisms that should have prevented this outcome have broken down, and as a result there’s no longer much reason to think Bitcoin can actually be better than the existing financial system.
Bitcoin  review  critique  management  China  community  author:MikeHearn  Medium  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
How to Measure and Report Your Community's Value: A Moz Case Study
Together, Jennifer and Megan’s experience provides a blueprint for measuring community health that maps back to business objectives. In this case study, they break down how they’ve done this as Moz’s community has been formalized and grown in the last 12 years since Moz was founded.
socialmedia  community  forum  blogging  ROI  reporting  KPI  guide  review  Moz  CMX  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Official Google Blog: Introducing the new Google+
And so we’ve reimagined Google+ to help them do that. Today, we’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler. And it’s more mobile-friendly—we’ve rebuilt it across web, Android and iOS so that you’ll have a fast and consistent experience whether you are on a big screen or small one. You’ll need to opt-in to this new version of Google+ on the web to see the changes—check out our Google+ post for more on how to give it a try.
Google+  socialmedia  community  redesign  mobiledesign  Google  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Official Google Blog: Introducing the new Google+
Today, we’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler. And it’s more mobile-friendly—we’ve rebuilt it across web, Android and iOS so that you’ll have a fast and consistent experience whether you are on a big screen or small one. You’ll need to opt-in to this new version of Google+ on the web to see the changes—check out our Google+ post for more on how to give it a try.
Google+  socialmedia  community  interest  redesign  Google  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Why Don’t We “Like” Our Neighbors? - Cyborgology
In a sort of chicken-and-egg dilemma, we might ask which came first: the current state of community-level alienation or internet communication and technology? Robert Bellah et. al. wrote about the dwindling of community-based associations at the hand of American individualism back in 1985, and argued that this trend would have disastrous consequences for democratic governance. Similarly, Robert Putnam argued in 2000 that declining membership in social organizations such as labor unions and the Boy Scouts meant a decline in civic discussions and, therefore, fewer interactions with fellow community members and local governance. While Bellah et. al. targeted American “civil religion” and ideological individualism for his critique, Putnam included communication technology, such as television and the internet, and the individuation of leisure time as a significant force for dwindling community involvement.
internet  community  local  critique  atomisation  TheSocietyPages  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Finding my tribe: a love letter to Twitter — Adventures in Consumer Technology — Medium
I’m a bit weird. I work in technology, but you also might say that’s where I play. The things that I think about during the day are the things I think about at night when I’m off the clock. Even in a booming industry like tech with so much optimism, it can be hard to find people as crazy obssesed as I am, who are perfectly willing to argue about native apps vs. HTML5 for an hour at the bar. It can be hard to find kindred spirits for me, to find other people who are so interested in it all. I found some friends like this in college, but that was really a function of where I was at that time. What Twitter has done for me is help me find my tribe, and find them all around the world.
Twitter  socialmedia  advocacy  community  author:BenBasche  Medium  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Vice Media on why content marketing is so much more than an ad with a smart media buy | The Drum
So how does a marketer go about identifying a busting community capable of exponentially amplifying their messages? Unsurprisingly, Adams thinks publishers like Vice and the insights they have into their audiences are key. “Media agencies can do amazing things but advertisers need to work with someone like us in order to get that initial early adopter curve of anyone who’s going to truly care about that campaign,” he continued.
Vice  community  brandedcontent  opportunity  media  reach  strategy  TheDrum  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
The Rise of Community Media — Medium
Going forward, Community Media is the place where most of those who continue broadcasting Social Media will source content and find new stories. Communities provide a place for people to quickly discover new voices and find vetted ideas. Over time, new relationships will be built that spill over to the Social Networking and, hopefully, physical world. Social Media isn’t going anywhere, but as it continues to get harder and harder to win the channels, the social proof communities can provide will help niche communities work together to spread the messages they decide are important through the more mass-market feeds
socialmedia  evolution  community  specialisation  author:CyrusBRadfar  Medium  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
My take on Google+ today
My takeaway from all of this; Google doesn’t really give a damn about communities. They put them out here, and then basically ignored them. Discovery is terrible — I think those recommended lists are effectively random pulls from the database. it’s amateur stuff.
Google+  community  socialmedia  critique  Chuqui  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
The State of Community Management 2014
The 2014 State of Community Management is the fifth edition of this annual research into the evolution of community management practices at leading organizations. This year's research builds on the initial qualitative reports and quantitative insights in 2013. This year, collaborating with TheCR Network members to define objective indicators of community maturity, the research covers a wealth of data regarding standards and evolving community management practices. By defining these objective measures we can now compare maturity across community size, objective and age - helping us explore and learn more about community practices. This year’s research assesses the maturity of online business communities based on the competencies in the Community Maturity Model and sought to answer three main questions: 1. How are communities performing? 2. What are the standards and strengths of communities? 3. What opportunities should community managers focus on to grow their programs?
community  communities  communitymanagement  collaboration  socialmedia  research  guide  CommuntyRoundtable  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Living Britain: How Britain's towns and cities are undergoing cultural revival
Zurich commissioned report by Future Laboratory looking at trends in Britain's communities and societal values, looking at how people are coming together offline and online, sharing common values, hobbies, issues, professions, beliefs etc creating a sense of family that goes beyond blood lines
community  society  trends  futurelaboratory  2008  imported 
february 2011 by inspiral

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