January 29, 2008

Researching Online Communities

Over the last couple of months I've made a lot of research about online communities, writing a paper covering them, giving talks, and signing up to way more sites I can possibly keep up with.

Over the last couple of months I've done a lot of research about online communities. The reason is a company I'm working with, is investing on this type of development and I'm getting speaking assignments to teach people what's currently available in terms of online communities and the core technologies behind them (blogs, RSS, wikis, groups, and much more). I'm actually writing long paper (or a short 50-pages book) covering them, which I might make available for a nominal fee to anyone.

I've also signed up to way more sites and services I can possibly keep up with. Beside my LinkedIn account, I have created accounts on the following sites:

In most cases, I've used the same photo, and added limited info. I'm experimenting, trying to figure out the various features each community offers, what is nice and what is not, what makes some of them so successful and the like. If you have suggestions about these or other communities, want to share what you like or dislike, feel free to post a comment here or email me.

If you have an account there and want to have a link, feel free to do so (I'd actually appreciate a few more links), but don't expect me to get actively involved on those communities and keep up the various blogs I now have, status information, and the like. Still, I might peek one or two to keep experimenting with a little more...



Researching Online Communities 

 I for one would be interested in such a paper.  I 
expect many others would be also.  For my purposes 
a "unpolished" version would suffice. Please let me 
know if this becomes available; rhazell AT microcalm 
DOT com.  
Comment by Rick on January 29, 19:11

Researching Online Communities 

Hi, Marco.
What do you think about del.icio.us? I find it very
Comment by Hristo [] on January 29, 20:57

Researching Online Communities 

Here's an interesting one for you: Ning


Ning is a site where you can build your own 
community in a matter of minutes. I have been 
playing with it for a few days and there seems to be 
a little bit of everything out there.

Another one worth considering is Multiply.


It's similar to MySpace but allows more control over 
contacts and whatnot. Worth a look.
Comment by Matt [] on January 29, 21:33

Researching Online Communities 

Yes the number of "online communities" out there is
huge, well beyond what any sane person can keep up
with.  I've been uploading videos to myspace, youtube
and revver, of which only youtube gets any visitors. 
I also have a bebo account which I joined in a moment
of weakness when I was invited, suffice as to say that
I haven't looked at again since I joined.  I wonder
when "they" advertise things like "10 million members"
how many of these "members" are like my bebo account.
Comment by Alister Christie [http://codegearguru.com] on January 29, 23:10

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