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Design and Work  Teams  (one of five themes – learn more here)

So you have your idea, your support and now it is time to get down to work to actually finalize your design. Do you need a team? Where do you find them? Where do you work online? How? That’s the center of this theme. For example, you might work in http://www.basecamp.com or use a variety of Google applications.  You might want to post other ideas in the comments of this post.

As you explore examples of work teams, look for both the technology AND the practice of working together. Be critical.

What online architecture, tools and processes support successful design teams? What differentiates these from other types of open innovation online groups and environments? I.e.

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The final word

Its been a fun few weeks, but also time to move on. I had a great time blogging weekly and I think I picked up a few skills that I can apply to my personal blog. 

I really wonder how many of you are going to continue blogging. If you are, and you feel like you can follow me over here on my original blog. http://agllet.tumblr.com/

In about a month or even sooner, I will delete this blog. 

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Week 8

Based on my experience both before and after this course I think that my first and biggest principle is connectivity. I would ensure that everyone everywhere could access the community when they wish where they wish. All major online communities and platforms are accessible from remote locations, mobile phones, tablets, anything that has internet and a display. Focusing on a mobile experience also goes with the flow of technology, at the moment everything is focussed on mobility. People buy less desktops, tablets are growing, mobile phones are turning into small computers. Remote connectivity is the future of the internet. 

My second principle would be design. I feel like the interface for such a community has to be the most intuitive it can be without it becoming annoying. I would not want my users to have to think or learn how to use the platform, I want them to know how to operate the platform at sight. 

I would also really investigate a new experience. Find a different way to place a community online. The best thing to do here would be investigate the current communities and see what is missing. People do not want to move to a different community if it is the same, they have to be upgrading. 

I might have more principles but I cannot think of more at the moment so here is my last principle. A clear target group whom you appeal to. You need to have a starting audience and once you know what that is you can chase them. This will ensure that you have something to start on.  

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My advice to online communities

 

In the last weeks I explored many different online communities and discovered their advantages and disadvantages. Most communities are similar but they focus on different aspects as for example some are basically for sharing pictures or videos and others focus on reports and daily life news.

However most communities are the same there is something that distinguishes them from each other.

Is it the way the community is created ? the design? the layout? the tools?

Even though there are heaps of online communities I am wondering why facebook is still the most famous one.

I would say the reason why facebook is the most common online community is on the one hand because it is simple but still useful designed and on the other hand it is the fame.

…the more people have it, the more people want it and the more people need it!

Due to the fact that almost everyone has a facebook profile and it even became a necessary part of work and studies, people can’t live without it.

Why putting effort on exploring new communities and creating new profiles when facebook gives you all basic needs to communicate and all your friends are there?

I realised that people are sometimes lazy in this case. They want it simple and they don’t like changes as I recognized how many people started complaining when facebook once changed their lay out or messagimg tools.

Anyway if I would advice communities how to create and design their platforms I would say the most important things are:

-         make it easy and simple so that everybody will be able to use and understand the platform without to much effort

-         but also have a big diversity of tools and opportunities to share your life such as chats,  pictures, interests etc.

-         find your right target group, people of the same age, same interest or society etc.

-         be distinctive and special. If  people like the community they will automatically share it with their friends and the fame will rapidly increase

 

All in all I would say there are still some possibilities to create a good and famous online community as I know that there are already a few people who doesn’t like facebook anymore and deleted their accounts for a reason. If you would analyse those reasons and create an online community that also focuses on other things than daily private life crisis, I think there might be a way to succeed. But as I can say from myself I sometimes belong to the simple people who feel forced to go with the flow and profit from the bunch of contacts on facebook. I found it really interesting to discover other online communities in the last weeks and I really appreciate the great advantages of communities like google plus which it now my favourite way of online video chatting but I am still a person who needs other peoples advices to make use of other communities than facebook because I have never been a person that had much patience to explore new online systems.

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THIS ONE IS HUGE!

As mostly everyone knows – “FACEBOOK” is the most popular online community now.
I do not know how, but… There is around 1 billion people who use this network and it’s only since 2004! I am pretty amazed how it is possible to bring together so much people within so short time…

Few tips which would pull people to use new online community: (my opinion)

§  Something new and different from other networks.

§  No pop-up adverts. (I hate them!)

§  Easy to use.

§  Everyone is able to create own design.

§  Possibility to communicate in few different ways (chat, video).

§  Easy to share information.

§  Do not need to pay for anything.

§  Forums about different things.

§  And lot of more things which can attract people…

On my experience in this course I understood that online communities are very useful and, also, addicted. Before this course I didn’t use any so much. But now all information is here. You have to check “Facebook” few times per day if you want to know what would be tomorrow or even today if not you are like a white crow. But… when you check this for information your eye will catch some post which can look quite interesting, then other one and so on… like a drug – every time you will need more and more time to spend there.

What fosters people to use online communities?

When people do not know what to do the internet is the biggest attraction. Online communities catch every one of us with their adverts, “new” possibilities or “new” design, which you “must” try (because everyone will talk only about this for few days). Also, people need to communicate with each other, this is the main thing why “Facebook” has huge amount of users.

This course gave us an opportunity to choose the network we want to work with whole 10 weeks. I am glad because now I know how to use all information which online network can give. We had lots of time of researching two networks. I think we took everything what was be possible and useful from them.

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The article, sorry I know it is in Dutch, and this one I will…



The article, 
sorry I know it is in Dutch, and this one I will not translate, maybe later this week I will have the stomach to do so. I do however want to say that I do not understand on any gounds why someone would write something like this to parents who have just lost their child. I feel like it despicable and it made me nauseous. I do not hate the writer of this article, anger is not my response. Sadness is, I do not understand the point of writing something this rude and hurtful to people who are already going through a trauma. I feel like it is inhumane and disgusting. This man wants to talk about a god? I hope that the god he talks about gives him a reality check and helps him realize that what he as done is something that is not humanly acceptable. 

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The song is Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy (sorry the clapping…



The song is Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy (sorry the clapping was part of the song)

My heart also goes out to the friends and families of those who have lost. 

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# 7 – King Ludd

“If you had a design challenge, would you join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching?”

Nope. (But not really.)

I don’t know why, but every time I have to work with modern technologies the first reaction I have is a natural, instinctive aversion. I feel like I could ask any existing and not-existing god to save me from martyrdom.

Which makes no sense since not only I would be lost without my pc, smartphone, ipod, etc. but I also feel the need, because of pragmatism, to tap every possible resource that involves more advantages than disadvantages – including, of course, the immense world of online tools, communities, networks.

I wanted to take more time come up with a concrete explanation and I didn’t find any. I actually started thinking one of my progenitors was a Luddite (at least now I have an abstract explanation).

However deadlines never wanted to be friends of mine. Contradiction did, and it’s pretty obvious.

I’m not done here, sooner or later (probably later) I’ll formalize and write about my conclusions.





G.O.

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So this is something I really had to share with you guys because…



So this is something I really had to share with you guys because I think that is almost directly applies to what we are doing at the moment. 

Might wanna check the playlist out that is being spoken about here. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqwJXTyfNqU&feature=g-u-u

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