A Few Working Definitions
Even academics disagree.
Let’s try to use more specific definitions.
Community. A community is a group of people whom have
developed online relationships around a strong common interest. This means
people whom have crossed an agreed boundary. By developing relationships we
mean an extended reciprocity cycle and familiarity/trust in other members. By
common interest, we mean something members spend a lot of time thinking about.
act of creating a community and reaching critical mass. This begins in the
conceptualization stage of the lifecycle and ends when the community has
achieved a critical mass.
management. The process of developing the community
through the lifecycle to its maximum potential. This includes responsibility
for all activities in the community.
- Community organizing. The process of identifying community needs/desires and working with the community to realize those needs/desires.