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.
Geminid Meteor Shower Timelapse

Did you catch the Geminid meteors this year? Here's a really great timelapse by Kenneth Brandon showing the meteors above Big Sur. He uses a couple of different effects in the timelapse to show how many meteors stream through the scene. I also like how you can see the cars streaming down Highway 1.
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