Social networks vs. online communities

This post from Discourse is pretty interesting to think with.

this is very useful!

While overall membership numbers may be smaller to start with, these engaged community members are the foundation to a healthier, more successful community in the long run. A community subject to frequent “drive-by” bursts of people driven there by the algorithms won’t develop as well.

I’m reminded of some things the folks from th Southern Baltimore Community Land Trust said–somethign to the effect that it’s better to get a couple of real actvists then a lot of short-term sympthetic endorsements.

Might also note that this is sort of close to a vanguard theory of change as promoted by those two 1920s movers and shakers, Margaret Mead and Vladimir Lenin :hear_no_evil:

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