Pieces of me on community...

Reflections regarding the intersection of community and technology, broadly defined. A pit stop on the way to the next phase of Microsoft community solutions

May, 2007

  • Building connections to build communities

    working in community, it's easy to get wrapped up in the technology , the measurements , the key performance indicators , the cost of doing , or not doing community... when this happens, i find it helpful to take a step back and look at community from...
  • Looking ahead to a beta communities refresh

    A little over a month ago, we pulled the curtain away and invited you to take a look at the work beng done on the next version of Microsoft blogs and forums. Additionally, we showed off a revamped version of tagspace , our social bookmarking and tagging...
  • Recent Numbers from Beta Blogs and Forums

    This is just a quickie post about some updated numbers (as of May 22, 2007): 56 beta blogs 66 beta blog posts 436 beta forum messages Way to go team! Live blogs, live forums, live content! Yay :-) I realize when compared to all the blogs and...
  • Blogs -- a look back as we look ahead

    I sat down recently with Chris Anderson , one of the early Microsoft bloggers, credited for creating an early blog solution -- BlogX . That was back in the day when a *real* blogger would write their own blog solution, according to Chris. For me, hearing...
  • strange currencies (or, community measurements re-imagined)

    "You know with love come strange currencies" R.E.M -- Strange Currencies (since thinking about this post, I've had this song stuck in my head :S) In going through the responses following the announcement of our feedback driven development process ...
  • Broadening the base

    Sean O'Driscoll has a great post critiquing a recent Reuters article about allegedly low participation rates in Web 2.0 communities. Sean outlines what he refers to as the thick contributors (video contributors, for example) vs the thin contributors...
  • Newspapers opening up blogging to the masses?

    I read via Influx Insights that The Telegraph is going to be hosting blogs for it's readers. Like Influx, I find this to be a rather interesting development. In many ways, this seems like a natural evolution of people identifying themselves with a particular...
  • Forums Posting Wizard Feedback?

    Have you been to our forums yet? There's some great feedback so far. I've summarized and outlined the current thinking on the posting wizard in forums here . For simplicity, specific links are below. Let us know what you think! step 1 -- title and...