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Online Community Building Strategy: Good Advice From Nancy White

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Print this article July 29, 2009 ? Online Community Building Strategy: Good Advice From Nancy White Building an online community is in my opinion the best investment you can make toward guaranteeing yourself greater influence, authority and opportunity for business.

Blog>> Paying Attention

Green Chameleon

There’s a concept in the human factors engineering community called “attentional tunnelling&# that happens when you invest too much trust in an information channel, and stop paying attention to the cues in your surroundings – ie your situational awareness breaks down.

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The Book is Almost a Reality (so lots to do!)

Digital Habitats

Image via Wikipedia. The manuscript is at our printer, Lightingsource. The cover is done. The index is done. We await the proofs, knowing full well there will be errors and typos, despite the best effort of us and our friends who have been helping out. But Digital Habitats is about to emerge.

Twitter Focus (#seascorcher)

Nancy White

I have been following the twitter hashtag #seascorcher where all of us Seattlites are connecting, communicating and often commiserating about our record breaking heat wave. It has been interesting to reflect on a) how much I’ve been on Twitter today and b) what I’m Tweeting about.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference Highlights – Day One


Continuing further with the series of blog posts detailing some of the highlights from the recent Enterprise 2.0

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Getting Started with Social Media by Euan Semple


Ten days later I am back again! Re-surfacing back into the world of everything 2.0. Last week was probably one of the busiest weeks I can remember in my over 12 years that I have been working at IBM.

Blog>> The War Between Awareness and Memory

Green Chameleon

About a month ago Robert Scoble blogged about abandoning Twitter and Friendfeed. He said that he thought “real-time systems&# like these and other micro-blogging tools were hurting long term knowledge. Turns out that he’s mostly worked up about the lack of archiving and quality of search.

Friday Fun: Photo Style

Community Guy

Linda Rains snapped this hilarious picture on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Classic.

Building 3D Objects in Second Life: A short video tutorial

The Bumble Bee

I believe that products like Second Life could provide powerful immersive platforms to link together web applications (eg via web services) in much more engaging ways for various collaborative group applications such as team games and business simulations.

Endless knots from Eliza

Endless Knots

New work in Daughter #2's aptly named "Knots" series   Knot To Be Rude , ink on paper, 6"x8", 2009   This Is Knot How It's Supposed to Be , ink on paper, 6"x8", 2009.

Blog>> Memory and Infantilism

Green Chameleon

Jed Cawthorne has an excellent post following up on my July 20 post on NASA’s latest organisational memory failure.

KM 2

Tearing down the classroom walls

Ken Carroll

. “ Dude. Let’s tear down the barriers to organizationl learning though a mobile learning platform, also known as an MLN.&#. We’ve recently spent some time on a new mobile learning platform, the MLN, or mobile learning network. Pretty soon you will be able to see it.


Viv Mcwaters

The questions was something like: “What happened before the big bang?&# And the answer was something like: “There was no before the big bang – the big bang was the beginning of time and space.&#. Linear time is so much a part of our lives it’s hard to imagine time not existing. These thoughts swirl around my head as I flip the calendar to August.

Walking with MS--a triumph

Endless Knots

Christie Beverly , who works with our friends at Strategic Knowledge Solutions , is participating in the Walk for MS, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation/Hampton Roads Chapter, with the goal of raising $2000.

Euan Semple Offers Advice on Social Media for Business on Web TV

Portals and KM

Euan Semple, blogger at the Obvious and former lead on KM at the BBC, was recently interviewed by guruonline TV in the UK (see Social Media Advice for Business ). He answers a number of questions such as why business should get involved with social media, how businesses should get involved with social media, what are common elements are there to social media., how practical is social media to business, and more. There are 15 video segments in the interview. Euan sees Web 2.0 and enterprise 2.0

Ruralnet ceases trading

Social Reporter

Ruralnet|uk has been one of the most innovative nonprofit organisations I’ve worked with over the past 10 years or so, but that’s no proof against the recession, and they have just announced they will cease trading this week. The Staff and Trustees put considerable effort into securing new funding streams for 2009, but in the current economic climate have been unable to generate sufficient income to enable the organisation to continue.

Excited and enthusiastic

Viv Mcwaters

About six months into my first real job, I discovered that I wasn’t their first choice. The person they wanted declined so I was offered it because of my enthusiasm. That sorta left an impression. Can you tell? I’m at my best when I’m excited and enthusiastic. So just lucky there’s a couple of projects on the horizon that I’m excited and enthusiastic about. Hopefully I’ll be able to reveal more soon.

"Getting off the email hamster wheel"

Endless Knots

Even if Gil Yehuda's post were awful (it's anything but), I'd still want to blog it just for this title. We all complain about email but who does anything about it? OK, a few people (loud clearing of throat).which

Will Television and Web Converge?

Portals and KM

Here is an interesting debate from Stanford University on the convergence of the Web and Television. There are two people representing both sides. They first point out that television is both a medium and a transmission system. TV is used to refer to the screen that you watch, as well as what you see on that screen. The Web on the other hand is a system for transmitting bits, and is different from the device that receives those bits, the computer.

Online Community Building Strategy Advice

Nancy White

We are having record breaking heat here in Seattle and I just don’t have the energy to jump into my stack of half drafted blog posts. So I’ll take advantage of Robin Good’s interview with me in Rome earlier this month! Thanks, Robin! Online Community Building Strategy: Good Advice From Nancy White. Gee, I do talk fast). Edit: It appears that Robin has some other videos from that day on YouTube here , here and here.


Viv Mcwaters

Don’t you think it’s interesting how twitter and facebook and whatever else is out there reflects the school yard? The way we now have ‘levels’ of friends? I suppose it’s a way to try and manage all these people we’re now connected with one way or another. I think real friends are pretty precious. They’re not just people we met at a conference who we find interesting – they’re willing to be connected in a way that nourishes both of us.

This is why I love the web

Endless Knots

I may be the last person online to have seen this but, holy schmazoo.this is collaboration at its best. And it's all to the tune of the great Ben E. King song, "Stand by Me," itself enough to run the tears down the cheeks.

Blog>> Commenting Back On

Green Chameleon

Apologies to those who have been trying to post comments, we have just migrated our system and there’s a bug in the new environment which affects the Captcha utility. We’ve switched off Captcha until it’s fixed, and gone to moderation instead

Book News!

Nancy White

On other fronts, our book is at the printer. YES OUR BOOK IS AT THE PRINTER! Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities is DONE!! The manuscript is at our printer, Lightingsource. The cover is done. The index is done. We await the proofs, knowing full well there will be errors and typos, despite the best effort of us and our friends who have been helping out. But Digital Habitats is about to emerge. The tentative date is August 15, 2009.


Viv Mcwaters

I guess we’ve just about all heard the story about Art and Fear by now. It goes something like this: The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

More from Mount Auburn Cemetery

Endless Knots

We went there last Sunday, July 19, because it was the anniversary of Margaret Fuller 's death. Instead of taking our usual direct route up to Pyrola Path, we meandered through the cemetery, areas that we'd never seen before, for example, Mary Baker Eddy's memorial.

KM World 2009 Program Available

Portals and KM

I received my paper copy of the KM World 2009 program recently. You can see the agenda online at the KM World 2009 site. It looks great with people like Andrew McAfee, Christine LI, David Snowden. Nancy Dixon, Thomas Vander Wal, and Leslie Owens. The KM World people were kind to allow me to offer you a $200 discount on each of your full-conference passes. They can also sign up for a free expo pass. Go to this KM World registration form.

Evolution: Friendster up for sale

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

TechCrunch has the Exclusive: Friendster , one of the oldest social networks, is actively looking for a buyer and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to find a party interested in acquiring the company or at least some of its assets. . According to documents obtained exclusively by TechCrunch, it looks like Morgan Stanley is shopping Friendster around in Asia , which makes sense considering almost its entire user base is located in the Asian-Pacific region.

About Social Media

Michelle Laurie

Anyone interested in understanding social media, its value and its relationship to business should check out the 15 very short clips by Euan Semple. link]. From the website: In this exclusive interview, social media expert Euan Semple breaks social media down into easy to understand terms and explains not only why every business should at least have a look at social media but also how they can make a start without the need of employing expensive agencies and IT professionals.

Will Wright Smoothness

Community Guy

I swear, as nerdy as he is, I could listen to Will Wright talk about how to design games for hours on end.

Do You Have Cases of Enterprise Micro-blogging (aka Twitter style communication) to Share?

Portals and KM

I am looking for examples of successful implementations of micro-blogging within the enterprise. This would include Twitter and all the Twitter like tools (see Rise of Micro-messaging in Enterprise Collaboration Platforms and Pistachio Consulting’s Enterprise Microsharing Tools Comparison ) sometimes known as micro-messaging. I am not looking for cases from tool providers but rather from companies who operate in non-technology fields but are using these tools.

tweetup today: Bondi Junction Lunch

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

What are you doing for lunch today? Tuna and soggy lettuce sandwich? Mars Bar and coffee? Come to Bondi Junction for a tweetup – Twitter meetup for the online community. Thought I’d blog this: cos the embed is waaay cool. Noodles anyone? PS Distributed application development through the open source community is an interesting devlopment in social networks – compare this with Facebook event widgets.

So you think you’re so important?

Net-Map Toolbox

The other day my colleague Regina Birner ( IFPRI ) asked me: “Do you think people generally overestimate their own influence (when drawing Net-Maps and setting up influence towers)?&#. Hm, good question. It’s been shown by other social network analysts (plus, it’s somehow logical) that most people over-represent their own connectedness in a network: They know all of their own links but only some of the links other people have.

ASK: 9 Tips for Inspired (and Inspiring) Text Communication

Community Guy

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: text-based communication is extremely difficult. In face-to-face communication, you have three forms of communication taking place at once: words (verbal), voice (vocal), and body (nonverbal). This provides an incredible level of nuance. The meaning of a conversation can change significantly with a fleeting eye roll or minor voice inflection.