All posts for “community”


Clue Unit Podcast on Co-Creation

Posted by: leelefever on April 30, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: audio, business, clueunit, community, podcasts


For those of you new to Common Craft (a few folks have subscribed lately) I'd like to introduce a 30 minute weekly podcast that I do with my friends and fellow community nerds Chris Carfi and Jake Mckee. We call ourselves the Clue Unit and we discuss community-related topics, particularly focused on business. Our last two episodes are now posted on the site. You can grab them here too: Clue Unit #11: Co-Creation - April 24, 2007 (click here to listen - MP3) (click here to subscribe to... Continue Reading

More on 43 Things "Neighborhood Watch"

Posted by: leelefever on April 17, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: best practices, community, seattle, Social Design, spam


A little while back, I wrote about a brand new feature from the Robots who created the online community site 43 Things . The feature is "neighborhood watch" and it enables "community members in good standing" to contribute to fighting the site's growing spam problem. Just to day Daniel Spils posted a follow up describing how it has worked so far. In attacking a problem of this scale, we knew we’d have to turn to our community of users and a few automated tools. Enter Neighborhood Watch... Continue Reading

Visible Technologies is Playing with Fire

Posted by: leelefever on April 16, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, community, seattle, service, socialdesign


Sean reminded me about a local Seattle company called Visible Technologies that enables organizations to listen and respond to the commentary that is occurring across blogs, social networks and communities. This is a fast growing niche and one that is fun to watch. Organizations of all types are growing more and more curious about what is being said about them online - and struggling to respond in the appropriate way. While I have confidence that Visible will do well as a company, I think... Continue Reading

Trust and the Currencies of Community

Posted by: leelefever on April 7, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, Social Design, Technology in Plain English


James Sherrett at WorkIndustries wrote a thoughtful email in response the my post on online community currency... My $0.02 is that to talk about communities and currencies is to mix metaphors. Currencies are more applicable to markets and networks than communities. Communities thrive on trust, which is a human element that I don't think we'll ever be able to replicate in a scalable system. I can see where James is coming from and, as I told him, I wish more people would question or... Continue Reading

Clue Unit Podcasts 8 and 9

Posted by: leelefever on March 31, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, clueunit, community, podcast


Clue Unit #8: Starting Small, Customer Service, Social Work - March 23, 2007(click here to listen - MP3) (click here to subscribe to this feed)   Episode 8, about 30 minutes.   Today's Topics Starting Small Customer Service Social Work on the Web     With Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi.       Clue Unit #9: Kathy Sierra and Cyberbullying - March 30, 2007 (click here to listen - MP3) (click here to subscribe to this feed) Episode 9, about 30 minutes.   Today's Topics Kathy... Continue Reading

43 Things Neighborhood Watch: Member Voting to Manage Spam

Posted by: leelefever on March 26, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, friends, gaming, Social Design, spam


Since its roll out in December of 2004, 43 Things has won a webby, experienced steady growth and most importantly, formed a very engaged and interactive community of users who volunteer to help garden the community. Though it keeps a low profile, 43 Things is a community success story - they're approaching their millionth member and "thing". Like so many sites, 43 Things is increasingly the target of spammers and trolls. Instead of hiring more people to patrol the site, the Robot Coop (a team... Continue Reading

You Can't Build Community with a Carrot

Posted by: leelefever on March 24, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, lesson, search, Social Design, spam


I was recently pointed to Existential Ventures, where Broc is giving away a printer to one of the first 500 people who join his MyBlogLog "community". His inspiration was John Chow and apparently NetBusinessBlog joined in to. It looks like John has been able to drive the numbers of his MyBlogLog community to over 1000 people. John gave away a flash drive. I’m generally a fan of contests – I think they can be used to promote products and bring awareness to issues in creative ways. I... Continue Reading

Clue Unit Podcast: Episode #6

Posted by: leelefever on March 8, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: business, clueunit, community, podcast


(click here to listen - MP3) (click here to subscribe to this feed) Episode 6, about 30 minutes. Today's Topics SXSW heads-up Working with CEOs and company leadership regarding community ROI How to get started with small successes in community projects Community as process as opposed to a deliverable Working with product managers on new communities - how blogging or community participation fits into a busy schedule Use of events and historical successes as means of relating community value.... Continue Reading

MooseCamp Talk on New Rules for the New Communities

Posted by: leelefever on February 22, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: community, event, Speaking, unconference


Part of being away for 2006 was missing a lot of the un-conferences, like Bar Camp and Seattle's MindCamp, even though I was part of the early planning. Moose Camp, my first un-conference, is an un-conference in the same tradition as the others - relaxed atomosphere, open discussion, people focus, etc. My kind of event. Before the conference started, I submitted a title on the wiki for a Moose Camp talk called "New Rules for the New Communities" - and then mostly forgot about it. This morning... Continue Reading
Show #2 of the Clue Unit podcast is up and ready for your enjoyment. You might also note a different format and message on the Clue Unit site. I have a feeling that it'll continue to evolve. (click here to listen - MP3) (click here to listen - M4A) (click here to subscribe to this feed) Topics for Show #2: Our inspiration to get into the business of online communities What would you say to a marketing manager if you had 5 minutes to talk about online communities? The controversy surrounding... Continue Reading