I'd seen a chat start by Steve Johnson here on defining "What is a online community?". That got me thinking about measuring online communities.
This might be a bit heavy for a Monday morning but I have been thinking about the philosophy of thought of when do you decide your online community is a online community. Is it from day 1 or is it from the day the community reaches maturity.
I know that there are different suggestions as to how to measure when a online community has reached certain stages of its lifecycle e.g. establishment, maturity but I wonder how I might measure something like this. Can it be measured?
I suppose the closest thing to what I am thinking about is the "Sense of Community" measurement. Would that be it or would define this another way?