10 Challenges To Scale An Online Community or Social Network

(Richard Millington) #1

Originally published at: https://www.feverbee.com/challenges-to-scale/

The challenges are quite predictable:

1) Rising levels of spam and abuse.
As an online community grows, you will encounter more incidents of spam and abuse. This is partially mathematical. 0.1% of the population being trolls sounds fine until you have 1m members and 1000 trolls to deal with every day.

It’s also partly the outcome of having a higher profile. The bigger your community becomes the more of a target it becomes to those looking to provoke a reaction.

Finally, it’s also about the nature of discussions. More discussions provide more opportunities for people to disagree and attack one…

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(Mark Baldwin) #2

Excellent article, great points made. @richard_millington Bonus points for using one of my favourite community related words, homophily. :slight_smile: