I was once a member of the social networking site wis.dm – back before it changed it’s platform from a link sharing format to the current question/answer format. I wrote about the site a few times and at the beginning was very interested in the content that I had amassed there – and the relationships that I had begun to build.
What I thought was great about the previous format of wis.dm was how easy it was for me to build my own community. Instead of the masses of communities available in Facebook, you could create “groups” which were essentially “tagged” with topics. When people shared links (similar to what you do in del.icio.us) you could notify your “group” and engage them in conversations. Since you could create your own groups I likened the experience to a “research group” – similar to those in college around a project or a specific class.
In these “groups” we could share links and add comments and weight responses – with the promise being that I could categorize my community:
– Who in the community knew the most about advertising
– Who had the inside track for latest fads
– Which group member had the best knack for interpreting analytics data
As a specialized group – each with our own goals – we could lean on each other and create a close nit community designed to educate us all – faster and better.
I have begun using FriendFeed and joined a room (group/community) called “Social Computing Strategist” (thanks Jeremiah). It is filled with people who want to talk about everything that I want to talk about. And the nice thing about this – is instead of sharing links we share everything:
- Messages – directly to the group
- Blog comments – from any blog that supports “Disqus“
- LinkedIn profiles/changes
- Posts to Digg
- Posts to StumbledUpon
- Heck – Link posts to every linking network known to man
- Twitter posts
- Flickr photos
- Posts to Blogs
With every post (whatever it is) you can add comments. The information is endless and what you get out of it (in a very chaotic sort of way) is a new way to talk. A new way to find information. It is sort of like Mahalo meets Wikipedia with a twist of RSS. Very interesting.
Happy am I that I know have filled the void left by wis.dm – to bad they did not have the wisdom to see the possibilities with their original platform.