“We’ve all been part of communities since kindergarten, or earlier. Churches, schools, sports teams, and neighborhoods all satisfy basic human desires to interact with others and work toward a common goal. And yet, when these communities are online and we start to think of them as “social sites,” these concepts can suddenly feel foreign.”
An independent placeblog in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Among other features, there’s a group Twitter account.
Community site/blog – looks great, built on Movable Type (?).
Using Ning for an unserved-niche social network for schools. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? Oh, wait a minute, I did…
A short explanation of how interactivity can change the game. Get off the stage, and let the readers add information of their own. Let them form a community around the information you’ve packaged for them. via Ingram.
Lessons learned from some hyperlocal efforts: Work hard, seed clouds, don’t expect instant profit, build community by example, cheerlead.
Local news from locals and aggregated from professional news sources. Can this work in a city the size of Seattle? Probably.
“In all of our markets, there is room for just one PoliticsNJ. Just one. So act fast or later you’ll find yourself opening the company’s wallet to buy a competitor.”
Raliegh, NC newspaper’s newish community site. Nice, feature rich, lots of buttons to push, pretty clean and clear. Makes it look easy to participate. Runs on Drupal.