Whoosh… The wind blew in my ears as the bike picked up speed. I’ve done this so many times and I knew the timing for that curve. The bike was unsteady and I pushed hard to correct it. “Watch out” she called, always worrying. I regained control and tipped from the concrete and onto the grass. Braking and swerving to land on my side. I had made it to the end. Damn I loved the freedom of that ride. Improving my accuracy on making the turns, and ramping up the speed on each go.
Tony Abbott, the Australian PM (for now) has again stated that social media is electronic graffiti. These comments of course show how out of touch he is. They are also reminiscent of the same dismissal that media moguls and the record industry had on this new Internet sharing thingy. Back then social media had not been invented, many were blogging and communicating in forums and sharing files on p2p sites.
Community is fundamental to new business and governance models in the participation economy. There is also a big difference between managing social media platforms and community management. To capture the fundamentals of what community management means I like this slideshare. Are you a community manager? Community Management Fundamentals from The Community Roundtable