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A Renaissance for Online Communities

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Newsletters. Customer community programs. Premium memberships. Local events. They’re all on the rise.

The 2010s were about radically open social media platforms — a gigantic, unmanageable mess.

Next 10 years? The pendulum swings back. Niche communities of interest & purpose.

This session explores how we got here, and how we can learn from the past to find our way forward.

Are you a creator? You’ll learn how to turn your audience into a community.

Business owner? Find new growth through community marketing.

Nonprofit? Embrace community to further your mission.

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Hi! I’m Andy.

I started working on community projects in the late 90’s with fansites and forums, a hobby I kept up through high school and college.

After graduating from college, I started organizing local in-person meetups and unconferences.

In 2015 I joined GoDaddy as a Community Manager for their web designer & developer partner program.

I’ve worked content and community programs ever since.

This session compiles a decade worth of thoughts & experience into a single package.

Key Take Aways

  • History of online communities, from dial-up BBSes to today
  • Sustainable community models; governance & moderation; community platforms
  • For creators, transforming your audience into a community
  • For businesses, finding growth through community marketing
  • For nonprofits & activists, embracing community to further your mission
Intermediate Community, Activism & Culture Session
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