Interesting questions came up during today's #chat2lrn. What is a community, and how is that different from your personal networks? Yes, there may be things in common, but I see a few key characteristics of community. I look forward to your thoughts and a conversation about this.
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- Looks like an interesting discussion tonight +Tom Spiglanin. I seem to use different terms for the different places that I use to connect with others online. I refer to Twitter as a PLN, G+ as a community, our Skype group as that, a group & Facebook as well just Facebook! I get very different things from each place even though some of the members cross boundaries.....good question!May 2, 2013
- Of course there's no final authoritative definition, but in my experience I've found that one community-building construct is a shared history, which may have been before the group convened or may be the shared experience of the whole convened group.
The early WELL - for example - was populated largely by boomers with a shared counter-culture history in the 60's. But then we all lived through local events together like the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Oakland firestorm. The Gulf war had us spellbound and even disagreement about it bonded people. Members got seriously ill, babies were born, people died. That's what happens in a longterm community..
Solid communities have formed around diabetes patients, cancer survivors, and even community managers.May 3, 2013
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