I had a phone conversation today with a reporter doing a story on Google Reader communities.
Apparently there was an active social network built around Google Reader that disbanded when Google tried to switch everyone over to Google Plus. This is something I didn't know about, except peripherally, because I never used Google Reader. I would like to learn more. (But have no interest in using Google Reader or Google Plus.)
Wondering if there are any opportunities for open development to help bring the communities back together, with the understanding that this time they will have to take responsibility for running the servers, and may have to pay for some of the software development.
This is a story that repeats in technology. I'm interested in trying to build sustained communities that don't depend on the continued investment of a single company.
Hey I love that you're using my outliner to participate in this community!
You're riding on the future-train. :-)
Hi Dave, since this post is about online communities, it's probably as good as any to comment on about a post I just made about building communities by publicly loggin IRC channels
It's an experiment I've been running all year and I think it's been pretty successful. It's funny though, while I set out with the goal of building community around a series of topics (configuration management of Linux servers, mostly), in practice, the IRC channel has also become a place for my work notes, a concept from you that I didn't discover until recently.
Anyway, this morning I posted about the connection between work notes and building online communities and I mentioned you a couple times: https://plus.google.com/107770072576338242009/posts/dZ365p2Qyuk
You're an inspiration, Dave. Please keep at it!