Friendship is a plant of slow growth
According to popular statements regarding the ideal size of a community, the number 150 pops up frequently, however many, if not most, groups aimed at global teachers exceed this number.
However, many, if not most, blended-learning communities made up of students fall significantly short of this.
When it comes to the e-communities you run or have joined, which do you prefer? Why?
What happens when the online community is too big?
What happens when the online community is too small?
Is there a just right?
How about the speed of growth?
When a tribe grows rapidly do you feel ignored, your needs unmet or unnoticed? Alternatively, have you even been frustrated by communities which seem to be growing slowly? Why?
Nice link, hat tip @lclandfield: Seth's Blog, Viral Growth trumps lots of faux followers
This posting is part of the Crowd Wise series and is in part my preparation for the swap-shop I will be hosting on web-based communities at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, April 8th 2010. Your answers, as brief or as in-depth as you'd like to be, is very much appreciated!
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