Category: community

Scribd: how to recreate the circulating library in digital form

Scribd puts me in mind of the circulating library. Early in the 20th century, many people consumed fiction from a circulating library – simply another name for a private library. Users were charged a fee for the privilege of borrowing books from the library. Instead of …

From eBooks to communities

The curiously named “Beyond eBooks” (University College, London, April 2014) was the latest in a series of annual conferences devoted to ebooks. The title was curious, since ebooks were hardly mentioned in several of the presentations. A better title might have been “epublishing in 2014, …

The future of enterprise search is Trip Advisor

So said Roovn Pakiri, co-presenter of the keynote address at this year’s Enterprise Search Europe (London, April). His presentation represented the curious way in which a logical argument can go from a simple, sensible statement to something that is decidedly questionable within a few sentences. …

Can you learn how to build an online community from a book?

Well, there are plenty of books out there that imply you can. I selected two of the more widely available titles and compared them:

Millington, R., 2012. Buzzing communities: how to build bigger, better, and more active online communities. FeverBee.

Ng, D., 2011. Online community …

AccountingWEB: a model community

AccountingWEB has been running for some 15 years, which makes it one of the longest-established communities on the Web. I’m not even sure there was a Web 15 years ago. And the slick website oozes confidence. Simply reading the numbers of reads or comments for …

PatientsLikeMe: how good a community site?

A site entitled PatientsLikeMe states its goal very clearly – this is a site for sufferers to share experiences and views, and with 240,000 registered users (or 220,000, the site lists two different totals) it clearly meets a need. How does it rank as an …

Unravelling Ravelry: how to build an online community

There can never have been a more appropriate name for a website. Ravelry can refer not only to the practice of knitting (of which this site must be the definitive community) but also to the astonishingly intricate structure of the site. Ravelry comprises not one …

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