A blog is not a community

liveworld post by: liveworld

Peter Kim hits on an issue today that I alluded to in a SocialVoice post last week: the real definition of community.

It’s troubling — though not entirely surprising — to see that word thrown around so carelessly, as if a blog or a message board on its own is a community. It isn’t. Without people congregating, connecting, and building relationships around a shared interest on that forum or blog, there is no community — only an empty room (or a blogger talking to himself).

The distinction here is important — and it’s one that we continue to make in conversations with current and prospective clients.

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