In this Ted Talk video Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
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The 3 musketeers… a community? Hey, the dictionary says a community can be of any size, and we believe that the musketeers commitment to supporting each other was definitely rooted in a community mindset. In the world of Reference.com… “Communities usually assist and support one another…”. So there you have it, The 3 Musketeers were a community.
Does community also relate to the online world? We truly believe it does.
An online community is a perfect venue for people to share information relating to the common interests of the group, and assisting and supporting each other in gaining the knowledge needed to achieve their goals. And as in all other areas of life, online communities will have their experts, the people who have been there and done that, who can pass on proven knowledge of how the other community members can achieve the same success.
The members of the community have a voice… an equal opportunity to share their personal thoughts and insight with the other community members. It's a place where they feel they will be heard and not be concerned about what others might think.
And yet, the members of the community are not “sheep” or “clones” of each other. They have unique dreams and visions, and different roads to travel to achieve their goals. For instance, if online business success is a common interest of the community, there will be many different businesses to be found within its members.
A community is like a foundation or home base for its members… a place to start or to come home to when they need assistance or support, and a place to experience and learn what they need to know to create success for themselves. Yet community members can belong to other groups that support and assist them in different ways… often directed there by other community members.
Whether it be for training, syndication, or just connecting with each other, the members of an online community have so many social media sites and tools to use. It's a vast world, but through the online world of social media it can get a lot smaller and closer… it can become a tight-knit community.
An online community for learning, sharing and communicating… in our minds a very COOL place to belong!
So… we'd love to know what your thoughts are on an online community, the tools and activities associated with them, and where you feel you would need some assistance from a community in regards to those tools and activities. For us to connect with you on this, we'd so very much appreciate it if you could take a few short minutes to leave us a comment on your thoughts of how a community could best help you.