The two best theories of network value we have — Metcalfe’s law for point-to-point networks and Reed’s law for group-forming networks — both rely on optionality, the possibility actually creating any of the untold potential connections that might exist on large networks. Valuable networks allow nodes to connect to one another without significant transaction costs.
Shirky.com Domain Names: Memorable, Global, Non-political?
The second is community management. Having watched Facebook, Digg, Reddit and Hacker News, my conclusion is that most people imitate the successful acts of others from the outside-in. That is, someone has a reason to make a post; others see this post is liked, and so they imitate its form and do not take into account its content and the choices made based on that content that determine its form.
Thus you get threads where 5% of the responses are significant, and the rest are people behaving like monkeys yammering out repeated memes, conventions, stylistic flourishes, demands for attention, etc.
Coding Horror: Civilized Discourse Construction Kit
And it became a performance, not a community. Hell, I barely keep tabs on what some of my favorite people write about because all of the tools for managing the dynamic broke when it became big. And my blogging practice changed a lot as a result. For better and for worse. So I’m not sure that it is a conversation anymore, as much as a performance that serves as an opening for a conversation in some instances.
danah boyd | apophenia » mourning and public-ness
That’s the wonderful thing about the Internet: the Internet you love is different from the Internet that I love – but we both love the Internet! We can all inhabit different communities, the same communities, multiple communities, or none at all – and it still works.
A False Dichotomy — I.M.H.O. — Medium