What is a Community Manager?

Background

Wikipedia says that, “The origins of the term (online) community manager take their root in the computer games industry with the advent of MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) back in 1995.”  The problem is, that history doesn’t take into consideration the other names by which community managers operated under in the decades previous to online gaming. Even before Al Gore “fathered the internet” and all the writing style guides said that internet should be spelled with a capital “I,” there have been online communities. And, there have been people managing and moderating those communities. (On a side note, the Chicago Manual of Style recently announced that Internet will be lowercase.)

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Five Community Management Blogs You Should Follow

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Feverbee – This is by far my favorite blog. Published daily, in bite sized pieces, Rich Millington offers wisdom and practical advice for community managers. In addition, Feverbee hosts a vibrant and active online community of its own on the Discourse platform.

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How Community Management Has Changed My Life

I’ve been involved in community moderation and management for over 10 years.  Recently I realized that I have evolved as an individual because of it.  Now, everyone grows and changes as the years go by, but I think my time in online communities has had a unique impact on my personality.

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Air Traffic Control Skill Sets for the Community Manager

Each day, approximately 50,000 aircraft move through the US National Airspace System. Air traffic controllers rely on heavily on procedures to guide aircraft from one point to another. Here’s a snapshot in time of about 5,000 aircraft flying through the air.

Planes in the sky

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5 Ways to Set the Tone for an Online Community

There is no simple definition or description for an online community manager; sometimes called social media manager.  It depends on the size, needs, resources and purpose of the community.  That being said, all community managers are ultimately responsible for the health of their community.

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