This week in community building — Issue 82
Right now these platforms have so much control, just by how they can tweak an algorithm or a set of policies that changes how someone gets paid. In some ways that’s like taxation without representation. Maybe the kind of reform that we want for certain parts of the internet comes from creators being like: OK, well, I’m done. Or: I’m not going there. Or: You need to disclose how this part of the algorithm works so that I’m not left in the cold when you change something.
Communes were and are created as an antidote, or at very least an alternative, to capitalism. And the most anti-capitalistic thing about them is their clear-eyed commitment to community interdependence, which, as Jezer-Morton writes, “requires us to give up our stubborn belief in the myth that we have complete autonomy over how we spend our time.”
- Using Twitter questions to build a parallel community — Rosie Sherry
- My Little Pony Fans Are Ready to Admit They Have a Nazi Problem — The Atlantic
- GroupDAG—How to Make Friends and Help People Make Friends — Helder S Ribeiro
- Leveraging Mention to listen to your developer audience — Devocate
- Fixing Zoom calls: Looking better and feeling better — Seth Godin
- Announcing Sidechannel, a new community for Platformer subscribers — Casey Newton
- WeWork Is Making Its Comeback — Scott Galloway 😬
- What It Was Like Growing Up on a Commune —Kathryn Jezer-Morton
- What Words We Use — and Avoid — When Covering People and Incarceration — The Marshall Project
- Scientists can’t predict the future, but they can help us prevent misinformation — First Draft
- 8 Simple Habits For Building Better Friendships — BuzzFeed
- Introducing Substack Local, for a new generation of local news — TechCrunch
- Discord will block NSFW servers on iOS — The Verge
- Twitter will study ‘unintentional harms’ caused by its algorithms — Engadget
- Reddit Unveils Its Clubhouse Competitor, A Perfect Fit For Subreddits — Screenrant
- Facebook ramps up moderation around Derek Chauvin trial, will delete posts mocking George Floyd’s death — The Verge
🎧 Podcasts & Videos
- Why we're lonelier than ever — The Future of Connection
- Building an intentional community with Evil Witches' Claire Zulkey — Newsletter Crew
- 071: Building a membership without a developer - with Joanna Auburn — Membership Maker
- Community Pulse - Episode 58 - Online Community Platforms — Community Pulse
- EP89: Delegating to Community Members w/ Victoria Cumberbatch — The Community Corner
- Powering through Loneliness with Adam Smiley Poswolsky — Masters of Community
- Episode 8: Community in Nomadland — Meetup
- Making sense of online networking in 2021 — The Communities Show
- Podcast 330: How to build and maintain online communities, from gaming to open source — The Overflow
🥳 Community of the Week
A common pattern in successful people:— Daniel Vassallo (@dvassallo) April 19, 2021
1. They try to help many different people with what they have/know.
2. Amazing opportunities emerge from #1 that nobody could ever predict.
Ofc, #2 is never guaranteed, but #1 stacks the odds in their favor.
Is Content Marketing dead because of Community?— Ryan Arsenault (@ryanarsenault) April 15, 2021
People are willing to pay for connection and belonging. We are tired of being the product on big platforms.— Tatiana Figueiredo ✨ (@tatfig) April 16, 2021
But building an experience people want to pay for is hard.
After spending the last year helping launch a bunch of community businesses, here is some of what I learned👇
A community is only as good as the conversations between its members.— eddie briseño 🌎 (@Chupwn) April 11, 2021
All communities fail at a certain scale without community management. Sometimes it's 1M people. Other times it's 5.— Carter Gibson (@CarterGee) April 12, 2021
The point is that you need to invest in CM before it's a problem, or else it's gonna be a harder, more expensive fix.
The success of IRL events is too often serendipity, possible because you have great people in one room.— Evan Hamilton (@evanhamilton) April 12, 2021
One thing I think forcing events online in 2020 helped demonstrate: the most successful events have purpose and structure. You can't rely on serendipity.