xkcd: Online Communities 2 - wherein all of you community wranglers, providers, managers, participants, collaborators, lurkers, gamers, n00bs, bloggers, over-sharers and digital citizens of all colors are shown on a virtual map, updated to reflect the 2010 landscape, and social pathways. (Remember 2007? yeah it was a long time ago in internet years, right?) The new double oh ten “community map” is very neat to explore, in a LoTR geek out kind of way. It reminds me of the Zork maps I’d pencil out on standard rule paper to master that mind boggling interactive text adventure game on my Commodore64 as a kid. (I’ve always lived online in one form or another I guess.) Zoom in for some very neat online subculture territories. Now take a dramatic pause - this map is the inset of the larger mind map of understanding the basis of person to person communication and story-telling digital or otherwise. From an online community perspective, it is equally important to understand that as with our ever shifting virtual geography (the Where), the tectonic shifts of these continents are caused by actions of the Who (Millennials/ Boomers/ Teens/ you/us), doing What (gaming, sharing, writing, status, video) When and How(real-time and mobile) which together map a path to your distinct answer of Why? Those math geeks at xkcd ain’t no joke.
Oh HAI, IM IN UR INTERTUBEZ, droppin ur knowledge. Do me a favor, don’t retweet this. Answer me these questions three, er let’s make it four. Where are you from, friend? What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color? :)