I was on the panel for #CMGRHangout last weekend and the subject was Lessons from Veterans. You can watch the recording here if you're interested.
Something was discussed that particularly interested me and I'd be keen to hear your take on it.
If you watch the recording you'll see that I take issue with something that one of the other panelists said, which is that some platforms (eg LinkedIn or Facebook) are not 'community platforms'. It was said in a way that seemed to imply that as a result they are inferior. I hear that a lot and it frustrates me. If a community forms somewhere, doesn't that make it a community platform by definition? I think the other part of this argument that bothers me is that is feels segregationist. I belong to another group for CMs and I'm starting to see a lot of conversations about how it is all about social media these days, rather than community. I think what they mean is that a lot of people manage Facebook groups, which they don't consider to be pure 'community'. I'm not sure that we need to differentiate, because lessons can be learned from both.
I'm currently having a debate on Twitter with Jeff Attwood about whether comments on a blog site can be considered a community. I believe it can in some cases, depending on your definition of community. If people check into the same site religiously in order to interact with others, surely that is a community of sorts? Perhaps not an organised community, but does it have to be organised to fit the definition?
What are your thoughts?