URLs of wisdom – W.T.Facebook edition – April 2018

This is a special instalment of the URLs of wisdom in which I round up some new and some not-so-new links about privacy, fake news and the business of community as relates to Facebook. If you have additional reading material on these topics to recommend, please add it as a comment.


When you add a feature that is really a bug…
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Using a Facebook group for an online book club – taking part from a community manager’s perspective

This year I’m participating in an asynchronous, online book club in a private Facebook group. In this post I’m going to capture some of the logistics of how it’s working so far and some reflections on what it’s like to participate from the perspective of a community manager who’s not running the group.

One degree of separation – setting up the group

The book club was the idea of a friend who set up a private Facebook group and then posted that she was willing to invite any of her Facebook friends who were interested in taking part. So the members all know her but not necessarily anyone else in the group. We’ve a total of 18 members overall, of which 7 of us participate most months and maybe 7 have not yet joined the conversations.

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URLs of wisdom – June 30th 2017

URLs of wisdom is a round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology. There’s been a big gap since the last one, but the URLs are back!

From social in silico 

This week I’ve shared the following new posts:

  • Thoughts about the change agent traits of community managers.
  • A new skills model which helps to accommodate people in roles of social leadership who don’t have binary skills but rather hold both forms of a skill in tension in a skills web.
  • Part one of a series  considering the types of communities we find within science – first up, professional associations and “infrastructure” organisations.
  • 10 questions to ask before starting a collaborative project.

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