Another delayed blog entry, still can’t figure out why it’s so hard for me to write these entries. Anyway, missed my class last Wednesday, because I didn’t feel that well, bad for me since I had to research everything on my own, but that didn’t stop me. Delayed me, but didn’t stop which is the main thing. So what did I researched? The answer is online marketing that could be put for some use. After reading some articles and watching some videos on related and totally unrelated topics. I’m ready to not write about online marketing.
What have I learned from my marketing research about online communities and networks? Nothing that comes to mind, but I have been a part of lots of online communities. Online community on any topic for me is an addictive thing, I get sucked into conversations and discussions way too fast. Anyway, let’s address the topic on Innovating design. Online communities and networks are all about people’s ideas and opinion, which is almost the same thing as innovating if you “twist it” up a bit. Isn’t innovation about people’s ideas, creativity and opinion? Online communities could serve perfectly for any new innovator or designer. People in communities share their opinion differently than in real life, designers could get some inside of what people think. For example, a designer may see better the flaws in his product and make it more crowd appealing. Even better if it’s a designer community. Teaming up with someone for bigger projects can have its benefits. In my opinion, online communities is a dangerous game, you have to find the right opinion and people who you can trust, but at the end the results can be amazing.
The best thing about online communities is that anyone who makes a post in them is a part of it and helps it foster. The only principle that I can think of about fostering any kind of online community is to be as active their as you can. Giving your opinion on things only grows communities, somewhere someone will agree with you or disagree with you that will only develop your or other people’s personalities. In designing these things are important, because designers need to adjust them and their products to different kinds of people so its friendlier to everyone. In my experience, I have been right, wrong and totally in a different direction in many things, but only when I share my opinion about these things, I can adjust it in the way its needed. If I make a certain design of something, I will try my best to adjust it to the targeted crowd, but what if my concept of the targeted crowd is completely different then in reality it is? Then people will share their feed back, it may be harsh, painful to read, but it will give me space to improve. Even if people “lurk” – which is just reading what other persons are posting without an actual action, It can spread the word to people that may be interested. So my only principle would be to be as active in online communities as possible. Interesting, I just realized that I’m post things in online communities regularly then why is it so hard for me to write these blogs.
I’m active in about 3 online communities, but keeping track on about 20. It’s hard to pin your interests when they are too many. I don’t know what I want to learn in future about online communities until I see it, maybe I should look one up about good blogging. Anyway, In ancient times, like 50 years ago, which is not that ancient, there wasn’t any online communities and people never really expressed their opinion worldwide if they wasn’t famous or important, but now everyone can express their opinion, which give so much opportunities, we just have to know how to use them.