What’s a community anyway?

Interesting post by Jame at Community Guy: What is community? Here’s a snippet

People often think that blogs, forums wikis, and other tools are community. In actuality, those tools are just that – tools. They can help you to build community, but they aren’t actually “community”. When we talk community, we’re simply talking about an interaction, a connection. Blogs or forums are a way to initiate and sustain that interaction.

Hear, hear.

Much of the problem with debates like this are over definitions. I quite like this offering by Jake:

A community is a group of people who form relationships over time by interacting regularly around shared experiences, which are of interest to all of them for varying individual reasons.

I especially like the broadness allowed by shared experiences. I think there’s a trap where we assume a community has a single shared purpose; they often don’t.

UPDATE: There’s a lively debate on the same topic over at Brandshift.

2 thoughts on “What’s a community anyway?

  1. rdg

    “I believe that …Social Software tools…will shake our entire society to the core. I believe that our descendants will look back at its arrival the same way that we now look back at the advent of the printing press. I believe that Social Software is a vector a return to an old culture. When I say old culture, I mean the culture that fits the essential nature of humans and that fits nature itself. I imagine a return to the custom of being personally authentic, to a definition of work that serves the needs of our community, and to a society where our institutions serve to enhance all life. I see signs that that we are going home.”

    From https://smartpei.typepad.com/robert_patersons_weblog/2005/02/going_home_our_.html

    found here: https://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2005/03/02.html#a1067

    Okay, I’ll stop link-pimping now 🙂


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