What's your experience in getting an online community to grow?
September 8, 2010 8:47 AM Subscribe
I'm in the process of developing an online community (for a fairly specific industry/group of people) and was hoping to hear from others about their experiences during the early months/first year of getting an online community to grow.
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I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who initially had problems with participation but were able to make changes to the site that increased participation. What were some features that you thought would be used but never garnered interest from users? What were some features that you ended up adding in response to user requests?
We're not trying to be the next Facebook or anything. The goal would just be to offer a very good experience for our target audience and a place they want to keep coming back to. Ideally it would be more than just a place that gets a five-minute scan each morning, but instead become a hub for discussion and action for the target audience.
So far we've implemented discussion boards, a news feed, a kind of events system, a simple messaging system, profiles, and a way to add friends. We'll probably add some kind of reputation/reward system in the future.
And yes, I've read mathowie's piece on the subject