Are You Building a Passion Community?

We’ve been working on the concept of community pages for awhile to connect people with shared passions. If you follow this blog regularly, you know that we’ve had this concept baked into our product for quite awhile (see post from August).

Our new community pages came from the interest we received for finding people with shared passions, yet our tag result pages not being the focus of our user experience. Frankly, most people never figured out they could add tags to their profiles.

The new community pages put the entire focus on the specific communities of like minded people. What’s different from the old tag result pages? A few things…

  • Larger photos
  • Community-specific profiles that help you understand why someone cares about a particular community, cause, topic, or brand.
  • A big “join” button so it’s clear how to indicate you care.

Here are a few early communities already setup:

  • Kiva – The peer to peer microfinance lending platform likely needs no introduction. People that care about Kiva, are extremely passionate about giving people a hand up rather than a hand out.
  • Geek Estate – the real estate technology community that I started in 2007. Geeky real estate professionals trying to figure out how to use technology to their advantage.
  • AVC – I’d wager a guess that this is the most passionate community on the entire internet. Certainly the most passionate communities of business startup geeks.
  • Mothers Fighting for Others – Every child needs an amazing home where they are loved. MFFO supports 40+ children who otherwise never would have anyone to love them.
  • Oh Hey World – For those who love Oh Hey World, we’d love you to join the OHW community page and tell us why.

Are you building a passion community with an interest in discovering each other and connecting with others in person?

If so, we’d love to hear from you – shoot me an email at drew at ohheyworld.

Note: To join community pages, you’ll have to sign into Oh Hey World, check-in to a city, and THEN visit the community page of interest (a bunch of communities are linked from my OHW profile). We’re currently working through the UI/UX/Design – we’ll end up with an intuitive flow focused on communities and not the check-in…but we’re not there yet.

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow.com from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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