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Online groups

Increasingly group work is taking place online rather than in person. These resources can help online groups network and function effectively.

Creating and moderating online groups  top^

Hosting: Online Moderator Guidelines and Community-Building Tips

Describes the role of the host, with some useful tips.
Gail Ann Williams, The WELL, linked 08/16

Online Discussion Group Networking Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

While focused on career networking, these suggestions are useful across all online discussion groups.
Randall Hansen, Quintessential Careers, linked 08/16

Running Your Own Online Discussion Groups

Describes the rewards and challenges of moderating an online group. Link through your local library.
Reid Goldborough, Black Issues in Higher Education ( May 5, 2005), linked 08/16

Starting a Blog - Blogging Basics for the Beginner Blogger

Teaches the beginner blogger or anyone who needs a Blogging 101 refresher course how to decide if blogging is right for them as well as how to choose a domain host and blogging software. You'll also find step-by-step tutorials to help you get started as a successful blogger. Web Logs, linked 08/16

Online social bookmarking  top^

An overview of a free social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks that has more than three million users and 100 million bookmarked URLs. The service is accessible at
Wikipedia, linked 08/16

Podcatcher Comparison

A site to compare, choose and discuss 20 different Podcatchers and their features to see what best fits your needs and the needs of your group.
PodcatcherMatrix, linked 08/16

Social Bookmarking Links

Provides links to the major social bookmarking / sharing websites.
BBC, linked 08/16

Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review

An overview of group methods used to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.
Hammond, Hannay, Lund, & Scott, D-Lib Magazine, 11 (4), April 2005, linked 08/16

Wiki Comparison

An online tool that allows you to compare the Wikis of your choice or create a customized Search to determine which, among over 100 wikis, is the best choice to match your needs or the needs of your organization.
WikiMatrix, linked 08/16

Online social networking  top^


A description of websites where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order, with an ability for readers to leave comments. Blogs may provide commentary or news on a particular subject or function as more personal online diaries.
Wikipedia, linked 08/16

Comparing Weblogs

A web tool for comparing the features of 23 different weblog tools to help you decide which weblog is the best for your needs.
WeblogMatrix, linked 08/16


An overview article on Facebook, one of the most widely used English-language social networking website. The service is accessible at
Wikipedia, linked 08/16


A free online social utility that connects you with the people around you.
Website, linked 08/16


An overview article about Flickr, a photo sharing website often used by bloggers as a photo repository. It hosts over two billion images and can be accessed at
Wikipedia, linked 08/16


A free photo organizing and sharing website.
Website, linked 08/16

Forum Comparison

Compares the features of over 40 forum tools (aka bulletin board systems) to help you decide which forum is the best for the needs of your group.
ForumMatrix, linked 08/16

Gaia Online Community

A community of individuals committed to supporting each other in being our highest selves.
Website, linked 08/16

Google Groups

A free service where Internet users can find discussion groups related to their interests and participate in (or start) threaded conversations, either through the Google Groups web interface or by e-mail.
Google, linked 08/16

Yahoo! Groups

A free service providing both electronic mailing lists and Internet forums. Group messages can be posted and read by e-mail or on the Group homepage, like a web forum. Additional features include voting, calendar systems and file uploading.
Yahoo!, linked 08/16

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