After examining some of the most successful online
communities, the common keys to their success clearly boil down to three simple
Sense of Community
When a site combines these three elements effectively, a
strong community will follow. For you to build a community that supports your ideas or products, these three concepts must be carefully applied. You must build
a community that enables your visitors to connect and befriend each other, that
recognizes contributions and promotes active users, and that provides simple
tools that do not make it difficult to contribute and connect.