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Social Design

Blogs and Message Boards, Together at Last on Share

Posted by: leelefever on August 17, 2005- 5:00pm

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I’ve been posting some about the March of Dimes “Share Your Story�? online community, and there will surely be more soon. Nancy and I are working on a case study/story about the birth of Share (pardon the pun). For now though, I want to point you to what is surely the most interesting aspect of the community to me – the member-created blogs. Since the new Share went live on July 26th (3 weeks ago), members have created 58 blogs. We've been surprised by the number of blogs, but also... Continue Reading

Mobilize Your Online Community!

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

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For most of online community history in business, discussion has been the goal. The assumption has been that by having discussions on a web site, people will connect, a community may form and when it does OH BOY! money will fall from the sky. Or so it seemed. For businesses interested in online communities, online discussion and even "community" is only half the equation. Like a web site, an online community is not an "end", it is a means to an end and ultimate success depends on how a... Continue Reading

The Raw Materials of the New Communities

Posted by: leelefever on August 7, 2005- 5:00pm

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How often have you heard people say “Wikis are too disorganized and ugly�? or “All the Drupal sites are confusing and hard to use�? or “Web Crossing is cluttered and looks bad�?. Often, I agree. But, to dismiss a platform for the way it is implemented is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. With these platforms, implementation matters much more than platform. Take a wiki for instance. People who first start using wikis often feel lost (myself included). In which case, they... Continue Reading

The New "Share" is LIVE

Posted by: leelefever on July 26, 2005- 5:00pm

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The new March of Dimes “Share Your Story�? online community went online about 1:30 yesterday. What an eventful few days this has been. We took some risks with the roll out. We originally had plans to do a “closed beta�? meaning that we’d invite selected members in to use the site and use that information to improve the site – in private. After talking about it, we made the decision to get the site as far as we could and roll it out to the public audience and see what happens. So... Continue Reading

The New "Share" is Coming

Posted by: leelefever on July 24, 2005- 5:00pm

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I've been working with the March of Dimes for over a year now on their "Share Your Story" online community. Tomorrow morning we'll take the site down for a a few hours to change over to version 2 - something we've been working on for months. Tomorrow is big day for us and our fingers are crossed. We're putting it out there and letting the users help us test it in public. We took inspiration from Flickr and made this little graphic to tell the members why the site is down. Like everything... Continue Reading

Members Control the Images on 43 Places

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

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I jumped the gun a bit in my initial announcement about 43 Places. So, here is a little look at some of what I think is interesting about it. The concept is essentially the same the same as 43 Things except the things are places, and you either want to go, or have been. According to the Robots, one of the surprising successes from 43 Things was cheers and how often people use the feature. Cheers are like one-click encouragement -- you click a "cheer this" link to signal a little encouragement... Continue Reading

Blog-Style Commenting on Ads?

Posted by: leelefever on June 27, 2005- 5:00pm

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My friend Anthony pointed me to something I hadn’t noticed on the Weblog’s Inc. AutoBlog. In between entries are ads that have blog-style comments enabled. See the ad at the bottom of this entry on AutoBlog.com for Subaru followed by the link to “Comment on the Subaru Legacy�?. Click the link and you’ll see a page with the ad at the top, followed by comments from real Subaru owners. Basically, the ad has become a blog entry, where readers can say what they want about the product in... Continue Reading

The Weblogs Inc. Star System

Posted by: leelefever on June 27, 2005- 5:00pm

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A while back, Peter Caputa called me out for not talking about the star system of comment ratings that have popped up on Weblogs Inc blogs. I took notice and have been checking it out. Here is how Jason Calacanis describes it. The Star System�??as we are calling it for now�??is simple. Our bloggers give readers a star for every good comment they put up. That is, a constructive comment that ads to the dialogue. The blogger doesn’t have to agree with what the commentator is saying, the... Continue Reading

Behold the Power of Customer Communities

Posted by: leelefever on June 16, 2005- 5:00pm

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Nancy pointed me to a great post at Church of the Customer that is all about the importance of customer communities, which was based on a NYT article. In two cases, the article points to the influence of individuals who have garnered a following in online communities and used that following to serve the customer's needs in new ways. A quote from the NYT article: In fact, blogs may be grabbing all the media headlines, but online communities like FlyerTalk are wielding a different kind of... Continue Reading

A Blog Post Says "Here It Is, Dig It"

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

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A while back I posted about the differences between message boards and blogs. Being that it was one of my most popular posts ever (and something I use in meetings often), I still think about the differences. It's so interesting to me how their respective design and semantic differences send messages regarding their use. Here are some examples and other thoughts... A blog post says “Here it is, dig it�? A message board post says “your turn�?Comment implies “if you want, not... Continue Reading

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