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Re: [videoblogging] 150 – Group Tipping Point?

By Michael Verdi | Michael Verdi <michael@...> | filmguy1105
July 22, 2005 | Post #17931 | Topic #17917

On Jul 22, 2005, at 10:17 AM, Michael Sullivan wrote: > so, you feel that the group is undergoing some passive-aggressive > social dilemma here? So for me, here's the point - when I joined this group at the end of November last year there were about 125 people in the group and probably 25-30 regular posters. It was intimate. It was like a small group of friends. To me it feels like it remained this intimate group of friends (though getting bigger every day) until about 6 or 8 weeks ago. Since then we've had a series of unpleasant events around E.L. Woody, 59 Bloggers, Adam Kontras, and Cheryl Shuman. I've definitely played a roll in this and have been trying to understand my own behavior and that of the group. At the same time I happen to be reading this book and notice a connection. I point it out only because I think that understanding something is the first part of gaining some facility for controlling it. I would love to see this group head back toward that feeling of an intimate group of friends rather than this kind of nasty free for all we kind of seem headed toward. So I point out this thing about 150 people just to say, maybe asking people to be more civil isn't going to be effective, maybe there is something else at work here. I don't have any answers. On Jul 22, 2005, at 10:47 AM, andrew michael baron wrote: > The Magic Number being what any group 'tends' towards. With even > 5000, perhaps, a fluxuating 145 will always speak up, and the rest, > not Maybe we self regulate - I don't know. I dumped all my messages more than 6 weeks old so it's hard to count since I can't sort them in my mail program. One of the points in the book is that human groups often regulate their size by splitting into smaller groups. -Verdi http://michaelverdi.com http://freevlog.org