Linkability Fertilizes Online Communities Redux

I certainly don’t mean this to be as snarky as it’s about to come out, but I love the fact that Isaak questions my claim that linkability is essential to online discussions (and thus, communities) with a link:

  • Linkability Fertilizes Online Communities
    I really don’t know how linkability will build communities. But we really need to work on building support platforms for the public to interact with the library and promote social discussions, whether offline or online. Currently, the only way for such interactions is through the High Browse Online blog, but even then, there are not much discussion going on. Maybe librarians need to go in more often to post useful comments. And we might need to read this to find out how to solicit more comments on the blog. [link to High Browse blog added — Casey]

The big challenge here is to realize that the entire web is an online community, unbounded by geography or even the narrow confines of a single website. And I’m not sure I could point to a better example of that than Isaak’s post. Rather than comment at my blog, he instead posted on his — with a link back to mine.

But hey, you’ve gotta love that they’re hosting rock shows in the library.

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6 thoughts on “Linkability Fertilizes Online Communities Redux

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for providing a trackback to my blog. I have to admit that previously I wasn’t too keen on commenting on other blogs, instead I would link to the different blog posts and comment within my own blog. However, I’m slowly doing that as well as commenting on other blogs. Guess trackbacks and comments work hand-in-hand in linkability and thus, online communities.


  2. Not to knit pick, but… well okay actually I am knit picking and doing it very intentionally but I am at work and they have nothing for me to do at the moment so I’ll use their time to bother you.

    I’m not so sure the entire internet is a community unbound by geography. It nearly is but places like China definitely hinder that, the people of China are excluded from certain important aspects of the community because of geography. Also, who knows how much this community will be changed in terms of the second part (not bound to any one website) by all the net neutrality stuff. I don’t.

    I guess I’m just saying I agree and disagree and am also afraid that the communal landscape you are talking about might be receding into the distance.

    [tags]china, net neutrality, censorship[/tags]

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  4. In terms of your Chinese community example, certain members of our community are barred from voting. Does that make them any less members of the commmunity? I think not.

    Also, unless you’re making me a quilt or a nice pair of socks, you’re nit picking, not KNIT picking.

  5. Does being barred from voting make a person a lesser member of that community?… Absolutely!

    If a person does not have the same rights, like the right to vote, then he or she is not equal to other citizens who have that right. That’s exactly the point of suffrage.

    No quilt for you! (thanks for the correction)

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