Published on October 31, 2008
Designing for Community Week Eight
Designing for Community • Why design for community • MUDs • Discussion Groups • Blogs • Podcasts • Wikis
Why Design for Community? • Creates a powerful meeting place, sounding board • Give audience a voice • Creates strong site quot;stickinessquot; and loyalty • Inexpensive way to keep site fresh • Get great ideas for improvements/content
Types of Online Communities
MUDs • multi user dimensions/dungeons • earliest online communities • Community members build structure, society • intense commitment • some users can get addicted
Discussion Groups • WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectric Link) the ﬁrst • thousands worldwide • serve niches and communities of interest very well • easy to create • require careful moderation
Blogs • online diaries, aka weblogs • maintained by one person or small collective • easy to keep fresh • often self-indulgent
Podcasts • feedback comes from message boards, phone, audio gmail • more labour intensive • powerful quot;cult of personalityquot; factor
Vlogs • feedback comes from message boards, phone, audio gmail • more labour intensive • powerful quot;cult of personalityquot; factor
Wiki • Hawaiian for quot;quickquot; • collaborative content development • users engineer architecture • grows organically • needs clear rules and processes
Any online content can spark community
On the web content is only a catalyst for community and conversation
Phillip Smith Communitybandwidth
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