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How to Create a Truly Supportive Community Online

John Corcoran | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
John Corcoran

It may seem strange, but even though the world has become more connected via the internet and social media, studies are showing that more people consider themselves unhappy, even as we're becoming more connected.

A Surprising Way Your Social Life Could Be Affecting Your Health

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Besides being enjoyable, spending time with the people you love comes with a number of health benefits, including reduced stress, increased longevity,...

Carolyn Gregoire

Why Are Millions Of People Spending So Much Time Watching Others Play Video Games?

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living

Amazon just spent nearly $1 billion to buy Twitch.tv, the world's most popular game streaming platform. Every day, millions of users tune in to Twitch...

Virtual BFFs

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Staring at a roomful of strangers, how could you tell who liked the same things as you or had a similar personality?

My Friend's Baby Got Sick, And We Never Expected This Response From the Internet

Lili Zarghami | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Lili Zarghami

As they begin his intense chemotherapy treatment, friends, family and strangers have rallied to support them online and in person. "Go Hugo!" has turned into a rallying cry across the country.

72 Percent of Marketers Can't Find Their Target Audience Online -- Can You?

Navin Nagiah | Posted 07.15.2014 | Small Business
Navin Nagiah

By trying to be everywhere, talking to everybody and doing everything -- are marketers in some ways doing nothing?

How to Answer Your Critics

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Cara Paiuk

I have observed, with alarming regularity, how the comments sections of online articles become war zones. No one knows each other personally, and the facelessness gives people courage to speak their mind freely without worrying about the consequences.

Online Communities and Social Media Literacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 06.15.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media can be positive or negative, and Rheingold urges students to focus on context, whether it be interpersonal or political.

Use the Theory of Everyone to Build Your Twitter Followership

Chris Abraham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Chris Abraham

While it may well be important to have the top 100 influencers on any particular topic following you on Twitter or Facebook, it is not essential. You can make up for it by attracting, retaining, and activating everyone else.

Wait ... Is THIS Really A Thing?!

Posted 10.28.2013 | Comedy

Thanks to social media, it's become almost too easy to maintain your friendships. You can log on, like your friends' statuses on Facebook, follow them...

Can Online Communities Be Healing?

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?

The Ideology of Anonymity and Pseudonymity

Malcolm Collins | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Malcolm Collins

While pan-internet culture has come to view anonymity/pseudonymity as a human right and crucial element of a free society, the value of anonymity has developed to include conditional factors just as freedom of movement has within societies that value it as a human right.

Feathering Our Community With Nestivity

Jure Klepic | Posted 06.16.2013 | Technology
Jure Klepic

Nestivity turns a Twitter handle into a "Nest" for all of a user's followers to visit. Tweets then become a focal point for engaging in discussions.

What's Up With Spam Comments?

David Latt | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
David Latt

You'd think part of the fun of posting online is hearing back from readers. The whole Internet-is-great-for-community-building notion seems like such a good idea. The reality is kind of different.

Effective Habits of Online Community Building

NYNightlife | Posted 12.13.2012 | Technology
NYNightlife

People need a reason to follow you, so you need to give them one. Giving can and should come in many forms. Providing relevant and compelling content to any audience is key and is part of what you are offering people if they join your community by following you.

Helping People See In Technicolor

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 11.29.2012 | Home
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

The virtual choirs allow people to do something they love in a world filled with connections that are otherwise devoid of true meaning, and with other like-minded people.

Online Communities Are Discovered Not Made

Chris Abraham | Posted 01.25.2013 | Home
Chris Abraham

The Internet did not invent social networking -- it didn't even invent the term. We are social animals and we pursue connection with others no matter what.

Building Social Media Communities

Chris Abraham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Chris Abraham

Communities are so used to being abused that you'll be surprised and insulted by the level of caution, dread, and mistrust you'll wander into, even if your intentions are pure and you're just looking for ways to discover, engage, and help folks online.

Wikipedia Seeks Historic Truth in Falkland Islands Controversy

Rafael Fernández de Castro | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology
Rafael Fernández de Castro

Wikipedia will not resolve an international dispute. Nevertheless, the site is increasingly becoming a forum that challenges subjective, traditional, and institutionalized information -- in the case of the Falklands Islands, history.

How Does the Community Get Consensus to Make an Edit on a Wikipedia Page?

Quora | Posted 12.09.2012 | Technology
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Michael Hardy, Wikipedian since 2002 The overwhelming majority of edits never get discussed. There ...

This Conviction Might Make Facebook 'Jokers' Think

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime
Christina Patterson

He cried in court. The man who has been charged with kidnapping and murdering April Jones, and also hiding her body, cried on Monday in court.

Why I'm Excited for the 8th Annual BlogHer Conference

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.11.2012 | Women
Toni Nagy

The BlogHer conference is a chance to meet bloggers, to network, to hone your writing skills, to get advice on blogging business skills and to connect to the community.

Queer Women Like Me, Er, Her

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Rajasvini "Vini" Bhansali, the super-charged, super-smart CEO of the International Development Exchange, recently talked with me on camera about community and coming out as a 19-year-old "queer woman like me."

Elder Care: The (Virtual) Word Is Your Oyster

Ilaina Edison | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

For the young and able-bodied, online networking is an invaluable tool of commerce, social life and entertainment. For those whose social circles have diminished because of age, illness or limited mobility, social networking can be a bridge out of isolation and depression.

Are Rural People Meaner?

Christian Sandvig | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

A normal Topix small-town discussion forum includes a purported attempt to out a gay man, accusations that so-and-so has AIDS, a diatribe against misc...