12 June 2007
Yesterday, I made use of the ning.com social networking platform and created my first online social network: Team TriOdy (link:http://triody.ning.com). I am part of a group of active endurance sports enthusiasts that is regularly sharing information about races, trainings, and other related tips&tricks. I therefore thought it might be cool to turn this offline community into an online one. According to my own research results regarding information sharing in online communities, I follow two main strategies:
1. Get a critical mass of people involved in this project that are not necessarily "sitting in the same office or area" (so that there is a reason for them to visit the site). I plan to invite all my sports friends as well as the friends of these friends.
2. Also, I want to be as dedicated as possible and create as much interesting content as possible (in so doing I hope to make sure that people come and visit my site). From my latest research I know that community members with high "emotional commitment" and "high participation in information" exchange are most crucial to the success/sustainability of a user community.
I'll keep you updated on my progress!
Posted by Thomas Langenberg at June 12, 2007 8:46 AM