Designing for
Community
   Week Eight
Designing for
            Community
•   Why design for community

•   MUDs

•   Discussion Groups

•   Blogs

•   Podcasts...
Why Design for
           Community?
•   Creates a powerful meeting place, sounding
    board

•   Give audience a voice

...
Types of Online
 Communities
MUDs

•   multi user dimensions/dungeons

•   earliest online communities

•   Community members build structure, society
...
Discussion Groups

•   WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectric Link) the first

•   thousands worldwide

•   serve niches and communitie...
Blogs

•   online diaries, aka weblogs

•   maintained by one person or small collective

•   easy to keep fresh

•   ofte...
Podcasts

•   feedback comes from message boards, phone,
    audio gmail

•   more labour intensive

•   powerful quot;cul...
Vlogs

•   feedback comes from message boards, phone,
    audio gmail

•   more labour intensive

•   powerful quot;cult o...
Seesmic
Wiki

•   Hawaiian for quot;quickquot;

•   collaborative content development

•   users engineer architecture

•   grows ...
Any online content
can spark community
On the web content
        is only
     a catalyst
  for community
 and conversation
Phillip Smith
Communitybandwidth
Thank you for
your kind attention
Week Eight   Designing For Community
Week Eight   Designing For Community
Week Eight   Designing For Community
Week Eight   Designing For Community
Week Eight   Designing For Community
Week Eight   Designing For Community
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Week Eight Designing For Community

  1. 1. Designing for Community Week Eight
  2. 2. Designing for Community • Why design for community • MUDs • Discussion Groups • Blogs • Podcasts • Wikis
  3. 3. Why Design for Community? • Creates a powerful meeting place, sounding board • Give audience a voice • Creates strong site quot;stickinessquot; and loyalty • Inexpensive way to keep site fresh • Get great ideas for improvements/content
  4. 4. Types of Online Communities
  5. 5. MUDs • multi user dimensions/dungeons • earliest online communities • Community members build structure, society • intense commitment • some users can get addicted
  6. 6. Discussion Groups • WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectric Link) the first • thousands worldwide • serve niches and communities of interest very well • easy to create • require careful moderation
  7. 7. Blogs • online diaries, aka weblogs • maintained by one person or small collective • easy to keep fresh • often self-indulgent
  8. 8. Podcasts • feedback comes from message boards, phone, audio gmail • more labour intensive • powerful quot;cult of personalityquot; factor
  9. 9. Vlogs • feedback comes from message boards, phone, audio gmail • more labour intensive • powerful quot;cult of personalityquot; factor
  10. 10. Seesmic
  11. 11. Wiki • Hawaiian for quot;quickquot; • collaborative content development • users engineer architecture • grows organically • needs clear rules and processes
  12. 12. Any online content can spark community
  13. 13. On the web content is only a catalyst for community and conversation
  14. 14. Phillip Smith Communitybandwidth
  15. 15. Thank you for your kind attention

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