Le Web: Chris Pirillo on Genuine Community
I agree with him and disagree with him. You can, consciously, choose to facilitate activity. You can offer places for them to interact and incentives for interacting there. But I agree with him in that you cannot create or own communities – just host them. And that simple truth runs in opposition to the corporate urge towards control.
“If someone tries to tell you that community can just be placed inside a box and everything will be beautiful…no.”
And that’s going to be a pain point for companies until the embrace genuine, open interactions with their communities, he suggests. After all, community is built up of multiple, over-lapping relationships and nothing else.
“You, wherever you go, are the community.”
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Some Good Reading About The Future of News Paid Members Public
Good stuff I’ve read recently, haven’t linked to yet, but don’t have much to add to right now: * The Nichepaper Manifesto [http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2009/07/the_nichepaper_manifesto.html] – an articulate and well argued guide to how niche publishing might looks going forwards. * Media