What are your design principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks based on your experience in this course and your project? Please describe them and a little bit about how you have developed them.
When I had to design or foster a online community or network one of my first principles would be that ‘it is all about the user’ just like a product is all about its consumers. Because in the end a online community or network is nothing else than a product.
So you have to think about your target group and try to see things from their point of view. What would they expect from the platform? What kind of tools would they like to use? Because from what I have seen people do not hesitate to look up a different community or network which fits their needs or expectations better.
Therefore I would have one principle: ‘The user is always right.’ , because without users there is no community or network.