All posts for “community”


Four Steps to Better Online Communications

Posted by: leelefever on September 20, 2004- 5:00pm

Categories: best practices, blogging, community


onPhilanthropy - Four Steps to Better Online Communications This article is focused on helping nonprofits understand some of the basics of communicating on the web and relates some of the new trends. Web pros won't learn anything new in the article, but I think it's a good example of an article in simple language that's built for the audience. The four strategies Newley relates are: 1) have an easy-to-use Web site that caters to their audience, 2) adopt an email strategy, 3) achieve search... Continue Reading

Business Week Interview with Howard Rheingold

Posted by: leelefever on August 12, 2004- 5:00pm

Categories: community, interview, wiki


I really like it when Howard talks about the future. It speaks to me on such a real level. In this interview, he (among many other things) talks about how the choices we make as technology users (links in weblogs, ratings on Amazon, articles in Wikipedia) make for really useful ways to filter and find information without the intent to do so- and how this is disruptive to businesses. Google is based on the emergent choices of people who link. Nobody is really thinking, "I'm now contributing... Continue Reading

How to Build a Community

Posted by: leelefever on July 20, 2004- 5:00pm

Categories: community, seattle


In the Central District of Seattle (my old neighborhood), there is a piece of property set aside as small, wooded, urban park called "Nora's Wood". Nora Wood, MD bought the land and created the park before she died in the early 1990's. Neighborhood volunteers now maintain the property. On the corner where the park begins, neighbors erected a sign that means a lot to me, for a number of reasons. A while back I wrote down what is written on the sign to share with an online community I managed... Continue Reading
How to Manage Your Corporate Reputation Online Online discussion forums�??commonly referred to as consumer generated media (CGM)�??are increasingly being used by consumers to ratify or criticize products and brands. Because consumers use these online discussion forums to check out other consumers’ opinions and experiences�??for pre- or post-shopping advice�??they are shaping the perspectives of millions of consumers globally. Good perspectives, and the author provides good advice for... Continue Reading

Weinberger Blogs the Politics Online Conference

Posted by: leelefever on March 18, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, community, politics


I've found David Weinberger's recent posts from the Politics Online Conference really interesting. All day today he's been feverishly blogging the various goings on, including presentations from Ken Mehlman of the Bush campaign, Joe Trippi and lots of others. I think it provides an interesting snapshot of how the world of poilitics views the Web, weblogs, online communities and all. David's snarky comments are funny too. For what it's worth, RSS is the *only* reason I can keep up with... Continue Reading

Pew Report on Online Content Creation

Posted by: leelefever on February 29, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: community, survey


Pew Internet & American Life Project: Content Creation Online It took me a while to figure out what "content" means in the context of a web site. Now I think of it like a glass jar of nuts and bolts- what you put into it makes up its contents. Like a glass jar, what you put into a web site makes up its content. Without content, web sites are useless. Traditionally, there were a relatively small group of people (programmers, web masters, geeks) who could open the jar and add contents on... Continue Reading

Google Affiliates with Social Networking

Posted by: leelefever on January 22, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: community, google, socialnetworking


This article on describes how and why Google may be testing the waters with a new Social Networking "Orkut is an online trusted community Web site designed for friends. The main goal of our service is to make the social life of yourself and your friends more active and stimulating," according to the Web site, which states that the service is "in affiliation with Google." Via: Ryze Blogs and Bloggers PS- Invitation is required for membership- if you're a member- invite... Continue Reading

Interview with Nancy White

Posted by: leelefever on January 20, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: community, friends, interview


ModeratorsNet recently interviewed a great friend, business associate and fellow Seattleite- Nancy White. Back in 1999, when I was just getting started in online communities, Nancy was one of the first online community "professionals" I met. Since that time, she has been a constant source of advice, connections, chocolate and good cheer. I'll steal a great quote from the interview and a chapter Nancy authored in an upcoming book: The bottom line is that neither “online community�? nor... Continue Reading

Interview with Zephyr Teachout- Internet Director, Dean Campaign

Posted by: leelefever on January 15, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, community, interview, politics


The cyberbrains behind Howard Dean | This interview describes some of the goals and tactics in using the Internet for the Dean campaign. Some of the commenters in a previous post made the assumption that the campaign is all about weblogs. I think this interview shows a side of the campaign that's much more about using the Internet to get people out of their homes and interacting with one another face-to-face via resources like Is using the Internet for organizing and... Continue Reading

My Crack-pot Predictions for 2004

Posted by: leelefever on January 8, 2004- 4:00pm

Categories: business, community, politics


Now that’s 2004 I’ll go ahead and do my part in predicting what we’ll see in the year ahead. The predictions below are completely unscientific and highly biased… Weblogs will continue to grow in visibility (I know- no duh). But I think that we’ll see even more mainstream coverage- the Weblog phenomenon will grace the cover of a news magazine like Time or Newsweek- possibly based on the success of the Dean campaign.   This increase in visibility will cause many non-high-tech... Continue Reading