Rather than write generally about online communities I figured I’d blog from the inside about one community building effort in particular, Weplay. A couple of posts ago I talked about my experience and belief that real world structures for the best basis for a successful online community. We’re putting that theory to the test in a real way on Weplay.
Very soon Weplayers will see much more neighborhood information and features. We all play, practice, shop, study, eat… ya know, LIVE, in the real world. We believe Weplay should fit as naturally into your offline life as much as possible. Soon you’ll be able to see what’s happening in your neighborhood, city, county, state and region like never before. Get the latest news on who’s playing each other (and everything else that’s fit to print!), get the latest scores, find directions to those soccer fields you’ve never heard of, see who else hit a homerun on the local baseball diamond, ask and answer questions of people right in your own backyard.
Of course we’ll make it EASY and FUN to contribute to the Weplay neighborhood experience. We’ve been quietly working on an iPhone application (and figuring out Android, Blackberry!). We’re being very careful to make sure it’s easy and fast to snap a picture or video and get it up to your group or profile page. We know when you guys are in the dugout, in the stands, on the team mini van speed is of the essence! Oh yeah, we also want to make it easy for moms and dads to share pics and keep up to date on where and when to be!
In addition to using a mobile device to update profiles and contribute to the local experiences, we’re opening up the platform for Weplayers to contribute news, venue information, ask and answer questions, tag content and so on.