Re: [cp] front, back and side-to-side channels
You make an interesting distinction between back and side to side channels.
Could you elaborate the distinction? Crossing the boundary to other
PS: I have been doing some research in ebusiness & ecommunities and find
most ebusinesses use "community" as code for loyal customers. Of course,
there are some interesting ecommunities, but most I have found are not
associated with ebusinesses. Do you know some ebusinesses that truly host
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Macrae" <wcbn007@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 7:21 AM
Subject: [cp] front, back and side-to-side channels
> I find this discussion on back-channel, front-channel, side to side
> very useful. Indeed, which of these channels is used most to:
> 1) everyday action the community's purpose
> 2) propel it forward in getting better and better
> may be one of the defining characteristics of how to benchmark and
> understand COPs. Even if it isn't , I hope someone will capture these
> of terms in the definition table
> A few somewhat random observations:
> a) The visiibility of the front channel may be a peculiarity of online
> groups and webs. eg I imagine in come non-virtual communities, that the
> front channel may be the least used and the side-to-side the most. Or is a
> better description multiple hubs (eg people who are looked on by the
> community for particular expertises) which have both a side and front role
> b) In trying to research professional web communities, I've certainly
> encountered the problem of trying to work out what's behind the front web.
> It's often pretty hard to find out requiring both joining the community
> one qualifies) and getting to know who does what at the back. I've also
> started to note how many ebusiness plans feature community as one of their
> core deliverables but have completely ignored the back and side-toside,
> equating the front of glossy web features as all they need. IMO this is to
> say that most year 2000 investors have a very immature understanding of
> community really needs to be grown and sustained.
> chris macrae, e-mail wcbn007@...
- --- In email@example.com, "Richard McDermott" <richard@r...> wrote:
> PS: I have been doing some research in ebusiness & ecommunities andParticipate.com is one company making a business out of helping other
> find most ebusinesses use "community" as code for loyal customers.
> Of course, there are some interesting ecommunities, but most I have
> found are not associated with ebusinesses. Do you know some
> ebusinesses that truly host communities?
companies set up and actively manage their online communities.
Participate.com's website is at:
For information about Participate.com you can contact:
Joseph Cothrel cothrel@...
Joseph is a member of our com-prac community and Participate.com's
Vice President of Research.
I have not engaged Participate.com to help ARCO with community
building but I have benefited from reading over the whitepapers they
have published on their website.
-- Paul Ford
- In particular, Joe's May 17 white paper titled "return on community" has
some really helpful stuff. I think Scenario 2 is one that I'll point to as
soon as the question of "well, how do we justify it to The Board" comes up
in Etienne's class.
The other thing that's remarkable about Joe (are you listening?) is that his
REFERENCES are utterly fascinating. He reads stuff from very different
learning communities than the ones that are "normal" for me!
--* John D. Smith | 503.963.8229 | 2025 SE Elliott Ave., Portland OR
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