CREATIVE WORLD MAPS YOUR INSPIRATION



Political and physical maps as they always used to be seem to be dull for the modern online society. There is no inspiration in their usual surfaces and the regular presentation of lands, mountains and oceans. Rather informative, but too dull. Creative World Maps is a different story – being presented on various surfaces, being done from different materials and possessing whatever shapes you can imagine, they look really cool and can grab your attention the first time you look at them. Their unique designs are undoubtedly inspiring, and you are welcome to enjoy them in this nice compilation of the most Creative World Maps. Search for your daily inspiration here!

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To really understand social media, you first need to know its 30-year history.

It was written by Howard Rheingold in his book, The Virtual Community. His book was first published in 1993, before the web even existed.

He was writing about Usenet,

In other words, the concept of social media, of online engagement and conversation, has been around before there were even websites online.

If you didn’t recognize that quote, you might be more familiar with this one:

“Markets are conversations.”

That comes from The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls and David Weinberger.

You can read the 95 Theses of the manifesto here, for free. (Scroll down their page a bit to find them.)

The Cluetrain Manifesto was published in 2001, and those guys nailed the social web, in advance of the arrival of sites like Friendster and MySpace, not to mention latecomers like Facebook and Twitter.

And if you are thinking about how social media leads to an amazing degree of connection and engagement between millions of individuals, and how companies have to tread carefully when entering these personal conversations, here is another quote for you.


speakers corner conversationsby Nick Usborne | http://www.nickusborne.com

Here’s a timely quote for you:

“…a place for conversation or publication, like a giant coffee-shop with a thousand rooms; it is also a worldwide digital version of the Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, an unedited collection of letters to the editor, a floating flea market, a huge vanity publisher, and a collection of every odd special-interest group in the world.”

That’s not a bad description of social media.

But it wasn’t written about social media.

It was written by Howard Rheingold in his book, The Virtual Community. His book was first published in 1993, before the web even existed.

He was writing about Usenet,

In other words, the concept of social media, of online engagement and conversation, has been around before there were even websites online.

If you didn’t recognize that quote, you might be more familiar with this one:

“Markets are conversations.”

That comes from The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls and David Weinberger.

You can read the 95 Theses of the manifesto here, for free. (Scroll down their page a bit to find them.)

The Cluetrain Manifesto was published in 2001, and those guys nailed the social web, in advance of the arrival of sites like Friendster and MySpace, not to mention latecomers like Facebook and Twitter.

And if you are thinking about how social media leads to an amazing degree of connection and engagement between millions of individuals, and how companies have to tread carefully when entering these personal conversations, here is another quote for you.

“For online marketers, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The good news is that the Internet provides you with the largest and most connected network of prospective customers imaginable. It’s a dream. Tens of millions of people with money, connected within one, wonderful World Wide Web.

And the bad news?

The bad news is that it’s not your network. Not yours to own. Not yours to mine. Not yours to control, sell, swap or manipulate.” Leer más “To really understand social media, you first need to know its 30-year history.”

How to Build the Perfect Web Community

Community will build much quicker with a good foundation. When building a web application keep all file structures and database tables neatly organized. There have been many situations in the past where a startup network won’t have enough computation power to load the site after a large influx of users. Servers crash and the site is rendered unusable – this can either cause your current base to flee or stir up some interest in the media.

If you aren’t as strong with programming it may be wise to partner up with a close friend or acquaintance. Many web frameworks are available to ease the workload on projects where intensive function libraries are required. This will also free your mind to work on other strategies in design and marketing.


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By nature human beings are creatures who crave social interaction. We are forming relationships with friends and networking deeper with colleagues every passing day. The evolution from physical to digital has been an interesting one and is still ongoing. We have seen many social networks rise and fall in just a few short years.

Building a credible website community from scratch takes a lot of dedication. Even more so than dedication is the requirement for patience. Networks take time to build and will require daily care in order to mature into a strong web entity.

 

Why Social Networks?

An interesting comparison relates to the growth of the Internet and how lacking our society is on trust. Many people will connect with strangers via social profiles yet wouldn’t even pass a “hello” onto the very same person had they met physically.

Websites support this node system because a large user base finds the services appealing. Having a direct connection to a large list of people you may talk with at any given point is priceless. Couple this theory with a beautiful user interface and you’ve got a well-oiled social machine.

We are evolving as a species, and thus finding more enjoyment in creating and interacting with networks. Connecting with other people has proven to show boosts in overall mood and general outlook on life. With so many of us busy at work it’s hard to find time to connect. The Internet is a medium which fills the role very well, almost to the point of dependence.

What is Community Essence?

Ideas will pop up from time to time that may change your way of thinking. Imagining a community website as a series of interconnected nodes helps to demonstrate a larger point among all social networks. The essence behind these connections is to grow and share information in ways previously unavailable.

What keeps visitors coming back is the strong surrounding user base and like-minded ideals. You’ll attract more visitors if you have a goal or interest in mind. It isn’t common to see active networks of people without a common goal or interest at heart.

Offer tools to your visitors which they can’t find elsewhere. For example, if you were to develop a Twitter-themed network you may place profile information from each user’s Twitter account. You could also implement the option for an OAuth connection between each user profile and their Twitter account. This is a small scale example but can work in all niches. Leer más “How to Build the Perfect Web Community”

Building Virtual Communities

Social networking is an effective marketing tool utilized by many B2B companies as a way to keep the customers updated on key business developments and periodical success stories. A closer and clearer look at social media as a marketing device reveals that it is more effective as a community than a mere communication idea. Most IT companies understand that the online community always begins as discussion threads and with the help of supportive forums. Real value from the customer rolls out from a deep engagement that is substantially relevant and inter-personal.
Recognition is valuable, and the capital that you have truly accrued to your online presence. Community building aspects of social media offer a powerful platform which provides real value to your customers and keeps them coming back for more. For building an effective online community your online experience must however include –


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vir-commuSocial networking is an effective marketing tool utilized by many B2B companies as a way to keep the customers updated on key business developments and periodical success stories. A closer and clearer look at social media as a marketing device reveals that it is more effective as a community than a mere communication idea. Most IT companies understand that the online community always begins as discussion threads and with the help of supportive forums. Real value from the customer rolls out from a deep engagement that is substantially relevant and inter-personal.
Recognition is valuable, and the capital that you have truly accrued to your online presence. Community building aspects of social media offer a powerful platform which provides real value to your customers and keeps them coming back for more. For building an effective online community your online experience must however include – Leer más “Building Virtual Communities”

5 Reasons Why Individuals Build Better Communities Than Businesses


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A virtual community is a social network of individuals who interact through specific mediums such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The limitation surpasses geographical and political boundaries in order to connect with others of a similar interest. At this point of time, the most pervasive type of community includes social networking services, which consists of various online communities.

There has been a growing trend amongst businesses to connect with their customers online through social networking platforms that are readily available. Sure, some are doing a great job at it but there are others who still have the same mindset to marketing their product/brand online the same way they do offline. Personally, I feel that businesses who want to create their very own community must first act less like a business and more of an individual with the human touch. Leer más “5 Reasons Why Individuals Build Better Communities Than Businesses”