I recently started a project based on 'Virtual Communities'
. As I was conducting research and benchmarking, my challenge stuck me -
"How do I build a virtual community based around a specific geographic area?"
It is easy to see how communities based on a topical interest are formed. With a deep interest and passion
for a topic of choice, such as politics or hobbies, people quickly find a 'common interest' and begin to share.
Geographic based communities are of a different nature
. People are less reliant on local community than previous generations - most government and important services are available regardless of your locality.
I don't have the strategy yet, but I am sure that online community services that improve quality of life are key
. I'll share the results of the project in Feb. 2002. In the meantime. here is a collection of useful virtual community resources;
- Top Ten Trends for� Online Communities, July. 2001
- It Takes a Village to Make a Mall, Wired Aug. 1997
- Community Chest, ClickZ May 28, 1999
- Business Communities, ClickZ Dec. 17, 1999
- The Economies of Online Cooperation, 1999
- Design Principles for Online Communities, June 1998
- Designing Online Communities, NAIMA
- It Takes an E-Village, CIO Oct. 15, 1999