All posts for “community”


Introducing a New Podcast: The Clue Unit

Posted by: leelefever on January 30, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: business, clueunit, community, podcast


It's my distinct pleasure to announce the appearance of a new podcast on the web. We are a group of three who share an interest in online communities in the context of business, plus all things related (and perhaps the occasional tangent). I am joined by two talented and experienced fellows: Chris Carfi, CEO of Cerado, Inc. and editor of the Social Customer blog. Jake McKee, Lead Samurai of Big in Japan and blogger at (Jake is our trusty moderator) In our first show we... Continue Reading

Stewart Butterfield on

Posted by: leelefever on January 21, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: best practices, business, community, flickr, interview


Stewart Butterfield is one of the co-founders of Flickr, which is a photo sharing site that has been the subject of a near-absolute love-fest among geeky types for years. It has become one of the most cited examples of Web 2.0. I use it everyday and so do my friends. Flickr does do so, so many things right. Anyway, Stewart was interviewed by CNN recently. (watch Video with different content) My favorite answer from the interview: CNN: What's the key to making online communities work? A lot... Continue Reading

Alternate Reality Gaming

Posted by: leelefever on June 1, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: community, gaming


Last night over dinner with Brian Hsi, a fellow online community geek, I was introduced to the concept of Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG). Brian gave me a run down and reminded me that the web site to support Halo 2 was an ARG. Recently, Audi USA created a new ARG around the idea of a missing Audi A3. (more info here) When I first saw the ad weeks ago, I was clueless. This is really interesting to me. The ARGs are a marketing vehicle, but one that blends online/offline and... Continue Reading

Community Guy Snapcast on Kryptonite

Posted by: leelefever on May 4, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, community, disruption, podcast


We we're actually "on" kryptonite, but we talked about it during the podcast. Jake McKee, Chris Carfi and me talked about the recent story about Kryptonite- bike locks that can be picked with a bic pen. More than that, we focused on how the company handled the affair and Jake's recent email interview with the Kryptonite PR person. As always, it was a good time. Enjoy. Update: I uploaded a picture of yours truly during the snapcast and give you a tour of the scene with flickr notes on the... Continue Reading

Community Guy Podcast: BzzAgent

Posted by: leelefever on April 10, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: business, buzz, community, podcast


Jake at invited Chris Carfi ( and me to participate in a discussion for a podcast. It's about 30 minutes and the main focus was BzzAgent, prompted by Chris' post. I like the three person format and Jake is interested in doing more, so this could become a regular thing. Maybe one day we can come up with some clever name, perhaps to involve the word "tripod". Big thanks to Jake for the opportunity. The file is here: Episode 3

Happy 20th Birthday to The WELL!

Posted by: leelefever on March 31, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: community, history


The WELL, one of the genuine articles of the online community world is turning 20 years old today. Some of the original pioneers of the online community world like Howard Rheingold and Cliff Figallo founded the WELL and it has sense become known as one of the original online or virtual communities. In fact, here’s how Howard describes the coining of the term… "I remember a face to face discussion about the WELL in which I asserted that -- contrary to the public perception that was... Continue Reading

New Features at 43 Things

Posted by: leelefever on February 16, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: community, robotcoop


The folks at the Robot Co-op have added some cool new features to 43 Things. The site has a new "Cities" resource that enables you to see more localized goals. For instance, the most popular goal in Austin Texas is "Go Kayaking". "Cheers" are a way for people to " people and their goals by cheering them on." This means you click a link associated with a goal on a person's profile page. This is interesting to me. I would have thought that cheers might be entry-specific instead of... Continue Reading

Online Vermin and Refactoring Weblogs

Posted by: leelefever on February 2, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: community, socialdesign, spam, travel


There’s a lot going on out there and I wish I had more time to take it all in. I’m about to leave town tomorrow morning for a bachelor party so I’m posting the bare minimum here. A couple of things that caught my eye recently: Amy Gahran has been posting a series called Handling Porcupines, Trolls, and Other Online Vermin that is about understanding and working with people who have poor online communication skills. Someone who has a lot of experience in the area above is Tom Coates.... Continue Reading

Social Software Convergence

Posted by: leelefever on January 27, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: community, drupal, socialdesign


I got a couple of pointers recently to really cool diagrams showing how groups of technologies and services could be combined to create a socially based system for education, learning, etc. Check out this diagram from Scott Wilson. He talks more about it here. Then there is this diagram of a system from CogDogBlog called Ocotillo. More information here. I'm starting to feel more and more confident that the most valuable systems in the future won't be using individual tools like blogs, wiki,... Continue Reading

Blogs or Wikis to Support Disaster-Relief Site

Posted by: leelefever on December 27, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, community, platform, Social Design, wiki


Dina Mehta, who lives in Mumbai India, helped set up a great weblog to support relief efforts in the region after the earthquake/tsunami. Since setting up the site, she's wondering if it would have been better to use a wiki instead of a blog. Because its a community that is open, a community of people wanting to pitch in and make a difference as we watch the horror unfurling in this part of the world. We know the magic of community in coming together for a cause. Perhaps a wiki might have... Continue Reading