Bookmarks for August 10th through August 14th

These are my links for August 10th through August 14th:

  • Local Government Alliance Community of Practice – The International Development & Local Government Community of Practice (CoP) is now live! If you are working in local government and have an interest in international development issues, join our Community and meet & share ideas with like-minded people.
  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
  • LocalGov 2.0 – Filed under 'data' – Examples of open and linked data use in Government and Local Government
  • The Open Graph Protocol – The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to enable any web page to have the same functionality as a Facebook Page.<br />
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    While many different technologies and schemas exist and could be combined together, there isn't a single technology which provides enough information to richly represent any web page within the social graph. The Open Graph protocol builds on these existing technologies and gives developers one thing to implement. Developer simplicity is a key goal of the Open Graph protocol which has informed many of the technical design decisions.
  • HOW TO: Manage a Sustainable Online Community – A 2008 Gartner study on social software noted that “about 70 percent of the community typically fails to coalesce.” <br />
    There are detrimental effects of over-hyping the technology and then committing the three cardinal sins of running a community:<br />
    * If you build it they will come. This can be attributed to the lure of “social software” that companies repeatedly bite at, as opposed to seeking to extend or create value for their customers.<br />
    * Once I’ve launched it, I’m done. Many communities launch successfully, only to fade out and disappear. Due in large part to a failure to assign ownership of the community and to have a strategy that lasts past “launch.”<br />
    * Bigger is better. The assumption that the overall size of a community is indicative of its success.<br />
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    All three can cause a community to fail, and there are plenty of examples. Understanding the community life cycle can help you avoid making these mistakes.

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