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Design principles for online Communities

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. 

Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
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One comment on “Design principles for online Communities
  1. Nancy White says:

    I agree that purpose is a very powerful lever for success. For me, there is one more powerful reason that online communities can be useful. And that is multiple perspectives are powerful. Sometimes we simply cannot do some things by ourselves. So face to face or online, we need each other. Online may give us access to a broader set of perspectives. In your work, did you gain any perspectives from the people in the communities you studied? Were you able to tap minds beyond your group? Beyond the class group?

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