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How to build community online

If the world faces unprecedented challenges, the Internet also offers unprecedented opportunities. By enabling large-scale conversation, global knowledge sharing and new kinds of human connection, our online communities and social networks can enable social innovation, change and transformation. These posts map out the ways that the Internet enables social change, and the specific actions you can take to help make a better world on- and offline.

10 ways you can tap the value of the Delicious community

June 2, 2011

A social bookmarking service that draws value from both its user and developer communities, Delicious makes it easy to keep track of your favorite web sites. Here are 10 ways you can tap into the unique value of the Delicious.

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25 rules of social media netiquette

April 7, 2011

The quality of our online communities depends on the attitudes and behaviors we bring to it. But Emily Post can’t always help: life online demands new ways of interacting. The term “netiquette” was coined in 1983, the same year that brought us our first list of guidelines for online behavior. The 13 rules laid down in 1983 are still as relevant as ever, but social media has brought new challenges and thus, new best practices. This post rounds up 25 netiquette rules from across the web, covering both longstanding and emergent principles.

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10 ways you can help to build the Internet

April 1, 2011

You can help to create the Internet without writing a single line of code. You can help create the online world in which you and your children are going to live. This post maps out 10 ways you can help with that important and rewarding work.

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Coming to terms with groupness, on- and offline

October 6, 2010

How your life online can satisfy your need for belonging, community and “groupness”.

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The risks of risk management

July 23, 2010

Risk may not be something you always want to limit online. This post tells you how raising the stakes of your online participation — by posting under your own name, by giving your blog’s URL to your colleagues, by being more candid and authentic in what you say online — can increase the value of your online engagement.

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How to use your RSS reader to enhance community

June 16, 2010

How to use your RSS reader so that it strengthens your connection to community, and helps build the kind of society you want to live in.

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How to extend Canada’s “digital advantage” beyond the digital economy

May 29, 2010

How to turn the digital economy into a driver of business growth and community development.

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Why online conversation matters

February 13, 2009

Why online conversation holds the key to social, political and community change.

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Roundup: 50 suggestions for how President-elect Obama can use the Internet to govern

November 10, 2008

As soon as Barack Obama was elected President, in part of the strength of a brilliant online campaign, the blogosphere offered up its ideas on how he could use the Internet to govern, too. This round-up of 50 ideas for e-government offer an enduring source of inspiration for policy-makers in America and beyond.

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Tagging for world domination

August 26, 2006

Tags can help you drive traffic to your website and build engagement in your online community. Here are my secrets to tagging success.

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