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Day 4 of the 30-Day Community Challenge

Last day of 2012… didn't spend too much time on G+. Happy New Year!

- I did spend the majority of my time focusing on moderating the Space community. I've gotten a lot more comfortable being very strict about the quality of the posts in the community. I'm really happy with the quality of the posts that remain. We're having to teach people how to properly present images and give attribution, one person at a time. When someone posts an image into the Space community, we're asking them to go back and find the source. If they don't do that, we remove the post. It's excruciating work, but I think the message is getting through. I'm seeing more and more high-quality posts in the Community.

- You can communicate with members even after you've removed their posts. If someone posts something unacceptable, you can comment on their post, then remove the post. Then you can continue talking to them.

- I'm still trying to understand the algorithm that decides how posts break out of the community and into the public streams of the members. The impact of that is night and day, though. Even though there are 60,000 members in the forum, most posts only get a handful of +1s. But anything that gets into the public streams gets 75-100 +1s. 

- Take that phrase we hate: "Google+ is a Ghost Town". I'm seeing a lot of people making this argument about Communities. "Google+ Communities suck, nobody good is using them". Furthermore, they use the exact same rationale for why they won't embrace the technology. "I don't like Google+ Communities, none of my friends are there." I find the irony hilarious. It demonstrates just how quickly people get entrenched in their method of doing things and refuse to embrace change.

- If you want to see a list of the largest communities, here's a cool list over at CircleCount:

Take a look at any community and see how linear the growth is. Space should have 750,000 members this time next year. Communities with 1,000 members now will have 12,000 in a year.

- The number of people in a Community is an illusion. Even though the Space community has 60,000 people now, I'd say it's actually about 50 active members. That's the real number. The raw influx of members don't really make any difference to the size and cohesiveness of the community. You still have to get in there and interact with people one at a time.

I'm living the 30-day Google+ Community challenge, posting the majority of my content into various G+ communities. Give it a try.
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Outstanding! Inspiration to try shooting at night, but I won't jinx myself with a New Year's resolution this evening. . . <GRIN>
Glad to see the "Space" community right there at the top in the list of most followed communities. I guess that says something about the inherent curiosity and enthusiasm that humans have about our place in the universe, and how we got here... :)
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Im baffled at what algorithm is used for posts to break out too. And baffled why I dont have an option to shut it off.
In my case, I get posts mostly from the one largest community i joined. I get them with just a couple of +1s, sometimes I get a whole string of them. It all seems very random
Ohh, ist das voll schön!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Mr. Cain for sharing this with us. It's truly beautiful and, wondrous. ¦)
50 active members, maybe. But I wonder how many regular lurkers there are. I read posts in Space (and a few other communities) every day but don't post much. I can't be the only one. I'm sure a lot of nominal members rarely of ever stop in to the community, but I'll bet there are also a large number of lurkers. I wonder if Google has any data on it.
+Helen Read lurkers like you wouldn't be reading if the quality was low. So those 50 are driving the adoption and acceptance of the community.
+Fraser Cain Exactly. In fact at first the quality was so low here that I would stop in and find nothing but reposts of reposts of Hubble pics etc. It was so hard to find the signal through the noise that I did not stick around. But I kept checking in and I'm happy to see the quality improving in leaps and bounds.
+Fraser Cain I am very pleased to read this: "We're having to teach people how to properly present images and give attribution, one person at a time. When someone posts an image into the Space community, we're asking them to go back and find the source"

I always find it annoying, no matter where or by whom, I do not find the source of the image - and a proper credit. It is the least one can do for those who put time and energy in producing either images or graphics.

Keep up the good work! :-)
I am amazed at every posting you share, and this one is excecptional.....Have a happy new year..........R
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