The Social Network



"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook."
- The Social Network


We are big believers in the serendipitous power of networks and we won't rest until the people of Brockley are the Na'vi.

Today, BC passed another milestone, securing its 1,000th Twitter follower, spammers not included. We're also to be found on Linked-in for local businesses. Please come and join us on both.

So what now? Facebook? Foursquare? Any other platforms we simply must colonise? Please let us know what you think.

22 comments:

Ophelia Bottom said...

out of interest, why is there no forum on the BC site? Is it just difficulty of moderating one or another reason?

Brockley Nick said...

Technical challenges. I don't think that a forum would be any worse to moderate than this blog, not least because only registered users would be able to post. But Brockley Jon is working on it. Honest.

Ophelia Bottom said...

You could just link to one rather than interate it. Proboards os easy to set up and free and has really good phone apps too.

Look, its available!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4868001937_31da0a7a1c_b.jpg

(can you tell I ought to be working?)

Brockley Nick said...

Thanks, I've registered brockleycentral.proboards.com - will talk it over with Jon.

Osh said...

I love that trailer! I've never heard of this movie?

Keith said...

We have used BC as part of our development testing at Staircase.org.uk, a new community networking website that's looking to connect people, orgs, community groups and local businesses. Log in and search for Brockley or Brockley Central.

Leave some feedback for us in our forum. We're not quite ready for public promotion but I hope you like what we're doing.

Hugh said...

Serendipitous power of what? Networks are what the internet generation call people they've met or otherwise killed time chatting to.

david.s said...

I reiterate the need for a forum. this blog is great for finding out about things going on that affect everyone, but not so good for posting very specific requests... e.g. does anyone know a 2/3 bed house or flat we could rent near brockley station for two or three months from January next year while we do up our house?!! (genuine request sneaked in off-topic... apologies!)

Anonymous said...

Well now, that is all very well for you to say, but it means increasing the moderation workload.

These hosted services financed by advertising take care of the technical side. But moderators will have more work to do and learn new admin tools. That takes someones time that they may not have spare.

Running a forum is not to be undertaken lightly. At the moment this blog is in a simple format: articles, comments and some relevant links.

Managing lots of new topics, threads, policies for cantankerous, squabbling users and dealing with spammers is another ball game.

It needs to be carefully thought out. At the moment the discussions are based around articles written by the moderators. Forums generally allow users to create their own topics and they proliferate and can get out of control. Some people post as if it is a personal chat room. Topics full of inane gibberish and petty squabbles would devalue the whole site.

A facility to lift a thread and tranfer it to a special sin bin where the protagonists can slug it out....

I would have a chat with other those who run some of the big london based forums and seek their wisdom. Some are a little further down the road.

http://www.londonvoices.com/

Virtual Norwood seems to be quite well developed.

http://www.virtualnorwood.com/forum/index.php

Whether you want to go down the route of the likes of this bunch of lively libertarian headbangers in Brixton, is another matter.

http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/forum.php

How to balance structure, with the editorial control that requires, against the latent anarchy and vitality of a community chattering away to itself.

Or maybe it is better to lie down and wait until the feeling about making any changes goes away?

:-)

Marc said...

Blog/forum intregration with social platforms is becoming all the rage. I think as a website the administrators are very good at captivating audiences through social but I think it would be better served to add reader empowerment through intuitive means. Flipboard on the iPad is a good example of this which might end up being a game changer on the commercial advertising model. Hopefully any changes being made will retain the high quality of contributors that make this site enjoyable and insightful to read.

Anonymous said...

"game changer" seems to be the phrase everyone is using. I'll run it up the flag pole at work next week and see who salutes

Anonymous said...

I have always said that if an organisation is to surf the zeitgeist it needs key contributors who are committed as stakeholders in the connected world paradigm.

Brockley Nick said...

@David S - I know where you're coming from, however, we have recently introduced hotlinks in the top right corner, which a permanent links to a flatshare thread, which you can use to post that message. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

"back in the day" anon 09:27 - that's the phrase of the moment, try using it whenever possible, even if referring to something that happened yesterday...

endwellite said...

how about an iphone app?

Brockley Dogging Society said...

Nick, we have some tips on constructing social networks if you'd like to pop up one night?

Anonymous said...

"pop up one"?

Tamsin said...

Anyone in the Telegraph Hill Area - smaller than Greater Brockley - with Forum needs can register and make use of the one on thehill website.

Only have experience of this blog and that forum to judge by (I do have a non-networked life, I think), but the Forum petered out to occasional posts with specific comments and requests once registration became a requirement - unless there is a burning issue like skateparks - but it does seem to have a lot of passive visitors. This, with a couple of new discussion issues (plus his chapter headings) provided by Nick each day and the input of the Anonymii, is far more dynamic.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, articles are a good way of starting discussion topics. Forums need a critical mass of contributors before they take off. Allowing contributors to create their own articles and for others to comment upon then, would be an incentive to register.

It all needs a cunning plan.

Anonymous said...

Hither Green has had a forum for years.

Brockley Nick said...

And...?

Anonymous said...

Brockley doesn't :)

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