could be explicitly communicated within the links themselves, using a schema called XFN, the XHTML Friends Network. If this sort of thing is really going to work, it’ll have to be pretty ubiquitous – things like Game Neverending and pretty much every website or application through which relationships can develop would ideally support this (or some other) scheme.
Jim Cashel’s Online Community Report for years now – since issue 1 – by email, but I hadn’t been by the site in a while. What was once just an afterthought (or so it seemed) has become quite an impressive site that has expanded as the concept of Virtual Community has expanded as well. It now covers social networks and many of the other new kinds of virtual community. Worth a look.
YULBlog Tribe at Tribe.net. Give it a try.
the idea of “social software” became the hottest thing. Jack Schofield in the Guardian takes a look in an article called Social climbers. The best quote to my eye is the quote Schofield includes from Tom Coates of plasticbag.org:
But Tom Coates, from UpMyStreet. com, has reservations about the “current hysteria”. Three months before the conference, he posted a short essay on his blog, Plasticbag.org, saying: “There’s something about the abandonment of concepts of ‘online community’ and the complete rejection of familiar terms and paradigms like the message board that worries me. There seems to be a bizarre lack of history to the whole enterprise – a desire to claim a territory as unexplored when it’s patently not.”