Thursday, October 1, 2015

How Online Communities Begin. And How They End.

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While far too many online sites are just disposable bottom-feeders, grabbing as much as they can from others and doing anything for traffic, This Week in Tech stands out by providing real insight.  This following quote from host Leo Laporte gives a brief example of how online communities begin, the role they can serve, and how they end:

The WELL was a... very early social network.  It was started by The Whole Earth catalog folks.  And it was a wonderful community.  It descended, like every Internet community does, into flame wars, baiting, and trolling...  I think it might still be around – but it's not in the same form.
- Leo Laporte (Yale), This Week In Tech. 

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