Saturday, September 20, 2008

Finding (Making) Time for Online Communities

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Anonymous said...

I like the idea of "paying it forward." Sure, that term has become a little cliched in the American vernacular but there are web sites and blogs of goodwill that have grown from that ideaology -- such as you blog, for example.

The "pay it forward movement" --for those not familiar with it -- is for one person to perform three important good deeds for others, asking them to pay it forward in their own way to three other people. Three becomes nine people touched by goodness. Nine multiplies to 27, then 81, 243, 729, then 2,187 and so on.

People "pay it forward" when they post to online communities so that others many benefit from their knowledge/opinion/personal experience. It provides some kind of a "connection" to other like-minded people. Once people benefit from someone's post or blog then they are inclined to help another by way of posting or blogging themselves -- then they experience the feeling of satisfaction that good deeds bring. This, in turn, perpetuates more blogging (good deeds).

Andre Blackman said...

The idea about discipline is a very important aspect of having increased time online and in communities. Clay Shirky, a noted speaker on social media changing the landscape, mentioned that we need to stop thinking of it as information overload but as filter mismanagement. We need to filter out the information better so that we don't feel like we are bogged down.

I am also an avid user of these technologies and absolutely love the fact that I can meet and speak with people from all over the world! Truly is amazing. And when you get value out of this, it will become obvious why it's important to MAKE time for it.

Ed Callahan said...

Some once ascribed to me the notion of "doing well by doing good". I think that applies to the use of social media. Conversations are contributions to a body of knowledge in both our online and offline worlds. I don't know that I agree that being online is more valuable than the time I spend reading or in personal networking or with my family. As in all parts of our lives, we need to maintain a balance that makes sense for us. I have probably ten different memberships in various social media sites, but am primarily active in LinkedIn, Facebook and recently Twitter.