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Writing for Social Media

How to write for social media and find your online community

Damien Walter

on 2 March 2011

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The End Roles in online communities Community Writing for Social Media How to find your online... com·mu·ni·ty   
[kuh-myoo-ni-tee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ties.
a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
a locality inhabited by such a group.
a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.
a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western europe.
Ecclesiastical . a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.
Ecology . an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.
joint possession, enjoyment, liability, etc.: community of property.
similar character; agreement; identity: community of interests.
the community, the public; society: the needs of the community.
1325–75; < Latin commūnitās, equivalent to commūni ( s ) common + -tās -ty2 ; replacing Middle English comunete < Middle French < Latin as above

—Related forms
com·mu·ni·tal, adjective
pro·com·mu·nity, adjective

1. Community, hamlet, village, town, city are terms for groups of people living in somewhat close association, and usually under common rules. Community is a general term, and town is often loosely applied. A commonly accepted set of connotations envisages hamlet as a small group, village as a somewhat larger one, town still larger, and city as very large. Size is, however, not the true basis of differentiation, but properly sets off only hamlet. Incorporation, or the absence of it, and the type of government determine the classification of the others. 8. similarity, likeness. Geographic Virtual When you write you aRE TALKING to a... The better you know the community, the more they will listen. http://damiengwalter.com My name is Damien Walter. I write fantasy and literary fiction, published in print and online. I have my own blog at http://damiengwalter.com I write for major websites including The Guardian and IO9. So. Let's think about writing for a second. Writing is one of the oldest human technologies. Writing has evolved over time. At each stage of evolution, writing works a little differently. "The medium is the message." Mass media like newspapers meant that a few people could communicate to many. Social media like blogs mean that many people can communicate to many other people. In the social media age, a writer is just one person taking part in a conversation across a... There are many different definitions of 'Community'. In the age of social media, communities ar not limited by geography, they can form 'virtualy' online. But perhaps it is most useful to say that a community is any group of people who 'Communicate'. Online communities exist accross many platforms People belong to many communities, with different levels of engagement and interest in each. The territory of our virtual worlds is growing all the time! In such a massive world, how does a writer find their... Writing often fails in social media because it works with the assumptions of mass media Portals Aggregators Trusted Sources Practitioners Expatriates Stars Climbers Users Lurkers Online communities are made - not from blogs, forums or tweets - but from people, roles and relationships. Go on
Pick one
Google it An online community can form around almost anything. Pick an activity, interest or issue, and there will be a community for it. What is your community ?
what is your role ?
Can your role change ? What you write = what you do How you relate to a community affects how it relates to you.

Start arguments and create fights and you will certainly be noticed.

Spend time getting to know and helping people and you will earn respect.

Solve a problem shared by the community and you will be rewarded. Leverage - you can use Twitter / Facebook and other platforms to bring your community to you.

Conversation - do not lecture your community. Use open questions, encourage debate, leave room for disagreement.

Threshold issues - everyone in your community is at different learning thresholds. Certain issues repeat at each level of development.

Research - use your community as a source of wisdom. Develop your research in discussion with your community.

Cliques - communities form within communities. Sometimes you can join in with these, sometimes you should avoid them Ideas spread viralLy
They can be engineered
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