I am working on a directory of communities -- a place where communities can be found by focus area, function, industry, keyword search, geographic focus, etc.
Over a decade ago I used to be the CEO of www.TSNN.com (owned by www.Tarsus.com) and this was established to help people find conferences and tradeshows to attend. I think there could be some benefit of doing this now in the explosive area of communities.
First of all, has anyone come across a comprehensive directory? I came across this one, but it is limited to communities on FB, Slack, Readit, Twitter and Discord.
We'd like to create something comprehensive where someone could find a community by interest area no matter what platform it is on. Has anyone come across a resource like that?
In order to create a comprehensive resource, we would need to properly define a community. We would ned to understand what listings would belong in a directory of communities. This alone feels like a difficult task, but I think it could be worthwhile to try.
Are there common denominators or particular attributes that define a community. Perhaps a membership or subscription element? Maybe a forum/peer network? Maybe if they provide content to members with the ability to contribute?
If I were looking for a thriving community in Human Resources (for example), I'd want to know about www.SHRM.com or www.HR.com but what qualifies an online resource as a community vs a publishing or media site -- or are they all communities?
What do you think about all this? Can we define community enough to be able to create a directory of communities?