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How does a fire spread on online communities?

Fuego_online_communities [1]In an online community, participation is usually split 90-9-1.

90% read the content, 9% also comment on what others post, and 1% creates [the content].

How could we make an 80-16-4 split achievable?

Any community is built around individuals who share stories, who have a common interest, understand and, perhaps, even like each other… Individuals who want to get together for a particular reason and who often show ‘herd effect’ behaviours.

Using fire as a metaphor, we can better understand how to boost participation in these settings. Three elements are needed to light a fire: fuel, oxygen and heat.

A very clear example: Steven Jobs often asked” Why / What for?” whenever he was looking to attract someone to his company. Or you could just as well ask Sculley: ‘do you want to bottle sugary water or change the world?’ This feeling of significance is not only fundamental but also a unifying force because of the passion it generates.

Being interested in a particular issue, and not just having a sense of duty is what keeps us together, what keeps the fire burning.

How would you like to start a chain reaction in your community? Just throw these elements together and then shake continuously.