Everything related to social networks, communities, group publishing and editing etc.

Friendster & eHarmony in Matchmaking Deal

Thread Title: Friendster, EHarmony Ink Exclusive Matchmaking Deal Thread Url: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041130/wr_nm/tech_friendster_eharmony_dc Thread Description:

Friendster have 13M members, eHarmony, the 5th largest dating networ,k claim 9000 marriages. What does this mean? - Huge amounts of $$$'s one would think eh?

The tie-up between eHarmony and Friendster comes as competition in the online dating sector intensifies, forcing sector participants to get bigger and find new ways to stand out in a crowd.

Consumer spending on online personals was $235.3 million in the first half of 2004, up from $214.3 million in the first half of last year, according to the Online Publishers Association and comScore Networks.

Forum Software Duke Out - phpBB vs vBulletin

Thread Title: vBulletin vs. phpBB Thread Url: http://www.v7n.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15632 Thread Description:

This thread at v7n takes a few posts to get going but has some nice views on phpBB vs vBulletin with a very neat list of links at msg12 - ive messed with both and have to vote vBulletin...

Community Building for Search Visibility and Sales

Thread Title: Implementing A Forum, Advantages of implementing a forum Thread Url: http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=10877&hl= Thread Description:

Running a forum on your ecom site or thinking about starting a community to increase visitors and sales? - This thread over at HighRankings has some pretty good stuff to offer for anyone that's considering building a community for whatever reason.

JeffSmith NH is pretty new to this judging by his list of questions. One of those questions includes:

Other than the obvious benefit of adding a valuable service to clients, what are the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a forum? How does the forum impact SEO?

Following on are some great general tips and strategies for bootstrapping a community and maintaining a forum. There are lots of good posts but i'll quote you Renegade Master to give you an appetizer for this topic:

1) If your site has a topic for users to discuss, then it will be used. Product based forums will generally be drop-in/drop-out, a theme will guarantee returns.

2) Building loyalty when there is little activity will be tough, it's at this stage you'll have lots of work to do. You could try to be a little controversial, to encourage discussion, and get people returning to see replies to their posts and others to view the latest replies.

3) You will probably have many more browsers to posters. I haven't worked out a method for convertersion, let me know if you do. You could have a newby category for people to test posting and see how it works.

4) You should try to make the forum easy to use, have functions that show all posts since last login or last refresh. Allow users to unsubscribe from some categories they are not interested in.

5) I also think having less buttons and clutter is a good design, the design used at UKClimbing is good.

6) Allow some level of personalisation such as nicknames and profiles.

The general consensus runs along the lines of it's damn hard work but can potentially reap large rewards.

Revenue Generation and Spam Avoidance on Forums

Thread Title: Advanced Profiles and Find Services Thread Url: http://www.searchguild.com/tpage17036-0.html Thread Description:

Search Guild have an experiment going where their members can get an advanced profile - Kind of like an editable extension of the usual stuff you see in a forum profile. Cost: $40

Chris thinks they can do it without attracting spammers, im not so sure :) but the fee should help for sure...

What do you think? Will inviting members to list their services and post up to 3 urls increase posts and give a little back to those that contribute or is it gonna be a spam fest?

Blocking Trolls - A useful way to keep bothersome posters off a forum.

Thread Title: Blocking IP of anonymizers - Foiling Trolls Thread Url: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum39/2780.htm Thread Description:

This isn't a highly technical description of how to do this, but then again, I'm not a highly technical guy. It's nice to have some good ideas to PASS to the technical guys when problem users arise. Those really annoying trolls can be a real pain, so it's nice when you can make it difficult for them to be difficult. keyplyr suggests a nice simple way to keep away some of those difficult users in one fell swoop.

SEO/Webmaster Forums and the dreaded bell-shaped curve

Thread Title: SEO/Webmaster Forums and the dreaded bell-shaped curve Thread Url: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum103/218.htm Thread Description:

"Did you ever launch a forum only to watch it die a prompt or slow, agonizing death?"

It's a familiar story to the old forum refugees. Having pointed many times to Clay Shirky's "own worst enemy" article (you can search, find it youself), I'm not sure if the death spiral can be broken --extended perhaps.

Alexa graphs and the big bad bell curve:

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