the benefits of Online Communities in your real life
"Many are the conditions
which must be fulfilled if the Great Society is to become a Great Community
.... The highest and most difficult kind of inquiry and a subtle, delicate,
vivid and responsive art of communication must take possession of the physical
machinery of transmission and circulation and breath life into it. When
the machine age has thus perfected its machinery, it will be a means of
life and not its despotic master." -- John Dewey (1938)
definition of "online community" is always changing, and very subjective.
The goals of an online community could be business, learning, practice,
hobby, but every online community is about building relationships, about
learning together, about collaborating, about listening to the others.
exist, an online community needs:
of talk can be made on the aspect that the community is formed by virtual
stated purposes, a set of guiding principles
experienced, enthusiastic moderators
for linking the participants
these better than the real ones or only parts of them?
we become someone else in virtual space?
online voice changes over time as they gain confidence and shed some inhibitions.
And the gaining of confidence is of course determined by the stages of
“Membership Life Cycle”: Visitor, Novice, Regular, Leader, Elder
- Amy Jo Kim : "Community building
on the Web".
all the events, sharing, actions of the community, but also the technical
environment determine the developing of unique, persistent and evolving
profiles for members and a climate of trust and reciprocity.
moderator, who in most cases knows something about everybody ( the information
provided for becoming a member ) must have the ability to encourage, to
ask, to challenge each of them - and this is an art.
motivated, interested members mean. Maybe the motivation has a few degrees:
first the motivation determines someone to enter in a community - the goals
of the site seems to interest him - and then the motivation makes him to
stay there - indeed he finds useful things for his real life, what makes
him to come back time and time again. We all are definitely pressed for
time. We rarely have time to surf. So for to come, to be in a community,
you want to find valuable and relevant information.
on Web there are a lot of communities with the same goals; what makes a
particular one to be preferred and not another?
community that preserves the motivation and interest of his members is
one where the host plans thoroughly, provides enthusiasm, gives the same
attention, feedback, encouragement to all, where you clarify or learn
new things sharing with the others, where you feel that your opinions are
important, a community that has events, history.
posting messages, or sharing new resources, or revealing new facets, topics,
a member shows his motivation and interest - and all little contributions
are important for the community to step forward.
so important to have a good virtual environment, with an interface easy
to use; if the technology and rudimentary steps for access are transparent,
the users will better see the value that the community offers.
part of an online community you learn to discover new things, to know others,
to collaborate and to understand them, but also you discover a New you,
a Better You. You become part of the world .
do you think?
you feel the need of being part of learning and practice communities?
communities do you know and appreciate and why?
you think you gain by sharing with others?
means for you a successful community?
are built the virtual identities ?
the metaphors important?
a virtual environment should offer?
for your valuable contributions,