Category: Community Management
When we talk about community management, what is it that we truly mean?
What is Community Management?
Well, the truth is, the definition has changed a bit over time.
Before Facebook and the true monetization of communities, their management was a lot more on the side of what today we refer to as ‘trust and safety’.
If people were acting up, you kicked them out. If it was a quickie squabble, then you let them back in again, after an hour or a week or whatever. But if they were a repeat offender, then the time-outs got longer.
And if they were a truly horrible person, the bans were permanent. Who was truly awful? Spammers. Racists. Trolls. Anyone who tried to bring down a site or hack it.
A simpler time, in a lot of ways.
What is Community Management Now?
Today, while trust and safety is still vital, the role often splits into a few parts. One role is engagement. This is getting people to talk but also getting them to interact with advertising.
Another role is content. This is making content, yes. But it is also curating content and altering it as necessary. There may or may not be an outreach role, to bring in users and perhaps even to greet them.
For communities where there is art and literature, there may even be a copyright role under the general umbrella of community management.
Gone are the days when all you did as a community manager was to try to keep the inmates from running the asylum.
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