Folks I am interested in getting some input around online communities (something that is a part of my RL job) and I would like your thoughts.
Specifically I would like to use the brewing communities as an example and would appreciate your input.
What I am interested in is what makes certain communities flourish and others whither...or what perhaps what draws certain brewers to certain communities?
So back in the day there was the listserve based community (email to you young'uns
) then the newsgroups alt.rec.crafts.brewing...web tech evolved and it decreased the usage of these tools.
Then comes the web based communities.
So here is the question:
Greenboard has an audience, NorthernBrewer has an audience HBT seems to be “newer” when compared to other boards (but perhaps I just found it late) and also has an audience...from what seems to me a reasonably small number of potential contributors. There are certainly others but what makes one succeed?
So what accounts for a successful community. How can a “new” community be formed and ultimately flourish?
Sooo...God bless you if you are still reading...I am looking at this from an academic standpoint...I am not interested in re-hashing the specifics of GB issues or opening up that can. Just interested in in from the 30k foot level.
I am working to understand what it really takes to build and maintain a community especially when other similar ones exist.
The reason I ask all of this is that I want to build a community of trainers and trying to better understand the keys to success.
Anyway...I really appreciate the input if you feel like sharing.