The Community Club

Discussion on: Directory of Communities

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Ken Wallace

Hey there! This is a great idea. 🙂

The Hive Index is actually a great start. The Hive Index has no platform limitations, and it includes communities regardless of platform.

In the footer of The Hive is this link to platforms included, where you’ll see 130+ communities in their index on “independent platforms”, meaning those who don’t use the usual suspect platforms you mentioned.

In my opinion the problem with something like The Hive Index is that the topics the various communities are categorized into are fairly startup-centric.

If I had, say, a community devoted to mothers who run ultra marathons, or chefs navigating the transition from cooking school to obtaining their first kitchen jobs, I’m not sure where The Hive Index could bucket those. I’m sure the list of topics is flexible, but it’s not clear what the process is like to request a new topic for a new community submitted to the list. It’s concerning enough that some folks might be deterred from submitting their community.

If someone were to start a new directory of communities, you’d need to keep this in mind, and be sure to understand how the categorization of the communities initially added to the list can affect the communities submitted later to the list.

There are also a number of paid-access community indexes. A recent one I’ve seen is Community List

For both the paid and unpaid (free) community indexes and directions, my question is this: who’s it for? Who is perusing this list? Other community managers evaluating competition? People just looking for a community around their hobby, occupation, or interest?

I’m not sure The Hive Index has a good answer to that question. Or rather, it’s not clear from their site that they do (in my opinion).

Your answer to that question is key, because it informs the site design, your data collection, and your entire business model.

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RD Whitney Author

Thank you Ken. Your questions are spot on. I envisioned this directory to be a place where people could locate communities by topic, geography, etc. So mainly used by people looking for a community around their hobby, occupation or interest. However, I think it would also be useful for community managers to be aware of their competition.