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Re: 6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

Lori ·
Great article, Rosemary! I'd just add this: to 1. - No matter HOW you define success, your community must be visible in order to be successful. I've seen too many people hide their communities so that it takes a trail of breadcrumbs and a jungle machete to find it. to 2. - Completely agree that these are questions that are best answered before you start. We've seen a number of communities try to set up "premium features" on formerly-free features.
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Re: 6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

LittleOddMe ·
Excellent points and great thoughts to consider before starting an online community. An addition to 1: How do my forum users define success, and is this congruent with my definition? What is their baseline for success, and what factors will cause them to consider the community a failure?
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Re: 6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

Harold ·
I went to opposite approach. I purchased a UBB license from Infopop to give a few friends and I a new home and blindly jumped in with both feet. I can't thank you enough for giving a complimentary license to Leo Laporte. That was my intro to the world of Social Strata.
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Re: 6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Thanks all for the excellent additions to the list! LOM great one! If you're going to throw a great party, you want to focus more on the comfort of your guests than yourself, right? Harold, we've always been big fans of Leo. It's cool to hear that something we did a long time ago has rippled through the years And we've definitely benefited from having you around too!
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

James The Jovial Jester ·
Useful beginners tips Rosemary. I can relate a little of my own experience here if you don't mind. ( notice the compliment and the almost apologetic way of stepping in Groupee was the first Bloggers site I had ever joined with confidence. It was the newness of the Social network on offer that gave me a feeling of belonging. Prior to that I could not "break the ice" anywhere else. I think blogging is easier than joining a forum. Unless the forum is very specific in it's nature. In a blog you...
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
LOL James you are a perfect example of how to do it! Thanks for adding your insights as well...you just never know who might be reading and need a little encouragement.
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rexi ·
Reference: James if people want to join in they can. I can't I thought I'd have a look at your blog, went to comment and it says I am not authorised
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Re: How to take your first steps into an online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Rexi, LiveCloud lets everyone restrict who can view and/or comment on their blogs...so James may have his commenting restricted.
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Re: Don't be a social Frankenstein.

Anonymouss ·
Thank you to share such a wonderful article.
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Re: Welcome to our New Blog!

Well I don't really know what this place is for, but I hope everybody enjoys it and finds it useful and informative. Rosemary I know it makes travelling hazardous, but I wish it would snow here for Christmas.
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Morgan ·
THAT is a great idea! Nice way to recap the year too! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You're welcome Morgan! I'd love to see your list when it's done!
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Morgan ·
Hi Rosemary! Is there a way to create a collection for forum posts in this manner so it can be pulled into a widget like you suggest with the blog posts?
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Not right now, but as I was writing this post I realized that would be a cool idea...want to go suggest it at https://www.socialstrata.com/support ? That way we can get it voted up
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Morgan ·
Done. And I just posted my top 10 forum posts . Happy Holidays!
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Re: How to Share your Top 10 Posts

Morgan ·
Will do! Have a great weekend!
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Re: It's OK if Your Mom Follows Your LiveCloud Blog

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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

James The Jovial Jester ·
You do all that before feeding those kiddies? And you cook! If I am honest It is the Small business feel that attracts me to LiveCloud. Some of the Faceless options out there just turn me off. So from my point of view your "recipe" is very tasty. I would love to know how you manage your Email in box...
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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

Rosemary O'Neill ·
LOL, but breakfast is usually something "instant." It makes everything so much more fun when we get to know our customers and they become friends. Makes me want to get up at 6am When are you coming back to visit us in the States again? I use my email inbox as a "to do" list. First run through and delete all of the spam (even with filtering, there's a lot). Then respond to the quick items, then go top to bottom for the longer responses. Then read the blogs, deleting the ones I don't need to...
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Re: Rosemary's Secret Recipe for Small Biz Social Media Engagement

James The Jovial Jester ·
Well visiting America/Seattle depends on Elizabeths recovery from this Pemphigoid condition. It is so sensitive that we fear a prolonged flight may antagonise it. However people are supposed to recover so we will see. We would love to Amtrak it from Chicago to Seattle have va few days with you lot again then go back via a different route. Probably expensive but worth it.
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Re: How to Post Blogs with Pretty URLs

James The Jovial Jester ·
I really must learn how to speak computer
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Re: 5 Most Useful Social Media Blogs for Small Biz

очень интересно, спасибо
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Re: Your first day as a community manager

LittleOddMe ·
Originally Posted by Rosemary O'Neill: One final tip: there's no crying in baseball. This job requires someone who can think on their feet, be resourceful, deal with slings and arrows effectively, suppress their own ego, and keep a cool head at all times. It's a tall order, but you're not alone out there! D*mn straight. I think my year long stint as a forum moderator of two forums stretched me more personally than any other job has before. I have the greatest of respect for anyone who does...
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Re: Your first day as a community manager

Rosemary O'Neill ·
So right, LOM, and that's another great tip: be ready to admit if you screw up. Thanks for adding that one in there....it's an important one.
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Re: Your first day as a community manager

J.C. ·
Was this an offer to be a Community mgr? Lil FYI, the main page video does not show up in IE 9. It's just a red x, unless you hit compatibility mode.
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Re: Your first day as a community manager

Oggbad ·
That was a generous offer in my email Rosemary, of "one of the coolest, most challenging jobs on earth".(In the email that was sent to everyone who has a watch on Social Strata I would guess). Not sure I can fit in the post of 'community manager' in as I am a full time grandparent these days and looking after my kids is far and away more preferable than a similar job on the UK Big Brother forum.......... Good luck though
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Re: Your first day as a community manager

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Thanks JC, we'll look into that bug... Little did I know that the way I chose to start this blog entry would confuse so many people! Sorry about that... We're also dealing with a possible notification glitch that sent email notices to a much larger group than it should have. If you received the email notice of this post and didn't want it, we apologize!
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Re: Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Aliza Rosen ·
Is it possible to disable comments on a blog and/or close a comment thread that's begun on a blog post?
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Re: Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Hi @Aliza Rosen , yes you can do that. Just "edit" the blog post and disable comments (you should see that on the right side).
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Re: Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Aliza Rosen ·
Thanks, @Rosemary ONeill . So it has to be done on each individual blog, right? There's no setting to disable it across all blogs?
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Re: Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Right @Aliza Rosen the ability to comment on blogs is enabled/disabled per blog post right now. However, a workaround would be to use CSS to suppress the comment box, etc. on blogs. If you need help with that, just let me know!
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Lori ·
Can I get an "amen"?! I quit Facebook quite a while ago, mostly over privacy concerns. But, I was definitely spending more time online in less meaningful ways, and who has time to spend doing meaningless things?
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

James Cooper ·
First, let's start with the irony - I just used my Facebook account to post this comment. Its true, FB can and does suck in a lot of ways. It also creates an opportunity for a lot of fake and meaningless interaction. However, it does serve at least one purpose for me in that it does allow me to keep 'light' contact with a lot of people who don't live in my area. Friends from my hometown and friends who have moved. It allows me to keep a sort of dialog open that allows us to easily pickup...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
Thanks for your comments, James. I don't disagree that Facebook has potential to serve a purpose for keeping in touch. My experience has been that while it has that potential, it doesn't typically play out in practice. I typically have used email/IM for those types of "light" contact, instead. I think that Hoop.la has a lot of the tools that are needed to enable networking and community in an effective way. If you haven't already, I'd recommend you check it out (you can set up a free site to...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Steven ·
You're right about the noise, Brian.
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Re: The social media bubble, are you in it?

social66 ·
I totally agree with each point of Rosemary. Limited knowledge of things can spoil us. It is better to read widely and try to find out the best you want from it. Our own analysis of things will help us to take a final decision. I'm planning to start a social website on a vCloud Connector server, could you please suggest the positives. Different writers put forward different opinion; some prefers to write only positive but some are totally opposite and only born to think negative. It creates...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Rich Melvin ·
Brian, it warms my heart to see someone like you, who is very knowledgeable about the tech side of things on the internet, and who is much younger than I am, do something like this. The issues you raised are spot on and have motivated me to do the same thing. I got a Faceplant page about 2 years ago solely for family purposes. I think I have 8 "friends." My daughter was posting pics of the grandkids there at the time. However, due to the privacy concerns you linked to in your post, she has...
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Re: Why I Quit Facebook

Brian Lenz ·
Hi Rich, Thank you for the thoughtful and kind words! It's humbling to hear. I can't believe it's been over 5 years now since I wrote this post and quit Facebook. I can tell you that I've never looked back After a nasty election cycle like this year, I can definitively say I don't miss it at all! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts; enjoy the Facebook-free life Brian
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Re: The Sets and Collections Release

ST ·
Hi Ted, I didn't realize that I needed this until just this past weekend. This is terrific as we stratafy [sic] features to align with incentives. Congratulations on the new logo. I wish we still had the "powered by" image selector for themes." We'd be much happier with a black or dark gray icon to go with our overall grayscale aesthetic. ST
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Re: The Sets and Collections Release

Ted O'Neill ·
Thanks for the feedback, ST.
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5 Most Useful Social Media Blogs for Small Biz

Rosemary O'Neill ·
So blogs are popping up like mushrooms around you, and you don't know how to sort out the good ones from the time-wasters?  I feel your pain; that's why I'd like to share my 5 "go-to" blogs.  These are the ones that I read every single time...
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5 Things to Do While Office is a Ghost Town

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I'm out of the office this week, but I was thinking about all of the cool stuff you could do if you're one of the lucky ones who is in the office while everyone else is skiing at Banff or visiting relatives in Minnesota (by the way, I'm doing neither...
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6 Key Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Online Community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You've decided you need an online community. Good, because you probably do. Yes, even if you already have a Facebook page (falls under the "don't put all of your eggs in one basket" rule).  Before you go off to the races, you need to sit down...
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The "Baby, You're A Star" Release

Ted O'Neill ·
We've just rolled out a new set of features for Hoop.la!  We call this one "Baby, You're A Star" because it is focused on member blog posts and clips, as well as featuring content. 1. Member Blogs and Clips Each member profile page now...
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Quick Tip: Create a "best of" widget in Hoop.la

Rosemary O'Neill ·
You were brilliant.  You waxed poetic.  You got thousands of visitors.  And then your genius blog post sank to the bottom of your blog list.  (Cue the sad music) Well never fear, there's an easy solution! Create a "best...
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What's the difference between a blog and a forum?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Different tools for different jobs, right?  You don't use a hammer to tighten a screw, and you probably wouldn't use a blog to provide customer service. But with all of the different options for social interaction, it can be tough to decide...
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Blogs w/comments vs Forums: the steel cage match

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Guess what?  Blogs and forums are not mutually exclusive, and they don't have to be mortal enemies.  In fact, they can be used to enhance the same community. But how do you decide which tool suits your own needs? Here's a quick summary...
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Community guidelines for blogging

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Most online communities that include forums have put together community guidelines for forum behavior. These types of guidelines usually include rules about self-promotion, signature use, civility, and other rules of the road.  ...
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Your first day as a community manager

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Congratulations!  You just landed one of the coolest, most challenging jobs on earth.  Now what? As you start your first day as a new community manager, remember you are moving into a house where someone else arranged the furniture, picked...
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Communities migrate like butterflies

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Every October, thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to Pacific Grove, California.  It makes for an amazing sight as they arrive en masse from all over the Western United States to spend the winter in the eucalyptus trees.  Over time, the...
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