Throughout this course I’ve seen many different online communities, in all forms and sizes, with many different goals and subjects.
All of these communities have something in common: in one way or another they facilitate a gathering of people with a similar goal or idea. Whatever the community your looking at, the core thing a community means to the people in it is the specialized facilitation to perfectly nurture their needs in order to reach their goal.
The more successful a community is at facilitating those specialized needs the more popularity it will gain. Therefor a good community, to me, is a place where not only one idea or goal is the basis for that community but multiple goals or idea’s get a place.
That’s why social networks are so powerful they give everyone the possibility to create their own space and share their own ideas and goals, but still every one is at a social network to “socialize” (a common goal) but Facebook for instance now offers several other services such as group pages file sharing event pages etc.
These services attract people with a different goal to the site as well, for instance they might want to keep track of the latest party’s or maybe they want to collaborate with a group in a informal way.
In conclusion, by the end of this course I feel i have gained a greater insight online communities their troubles and solutions, big networks are mostly powerful because of numbers and small communities might be very powerful as well because of the focus on 1 idea or goal.