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Praz

I'd be keen to hear more on all the topics below:

Overview of online discussion, what they are and how they are being used.

Macro conversations, looking at topics such as blog and buzz mining, web scraping, text analytics, and webometrics.

Micro conversations, looking at netnography, natural communities, social networks, and analytical techniques such as grounded theory and hermeneutics.

Constructed conversations, ranging from online focus groups, to bulletin board groups, to MROCs, to blogs.

Also more of a PR angle on HOW to leverage and take hold of a conversation should it go nasty.

Thanks,
Praz

Ray Poynter

Yes, a compilation of different views and approaches. My feeling is that at the moment there is no settled consensus, so it makes more sense to present a smorgasbord for people to sample from.

ubu.roi

You mean like a compilation of key articles on online communities, written by other people? Doesn't sound too bad at all! Score my Purchase Intent at about 4.5 on a 1 to 5 scale :P

What are the takeaways? Will you extract the core findings or theoretical position of each article? That would be nice.

Katie Harris

Sounds like it'll be a fascinating read.

You must check this out too - Internet Inquiry by Nancy Baym and Annette Markham;

http://www.amazon.com/Internet-Inquiry-Conversations-About-Method/dp/1412910013

A lot of excellent thinking around this topic.

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