What Constitutes an Online Community?

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that:

Sophie Delezio, who suffered horrific burns after a car crashed into her kindergarten in December 2003, is on life support after being hit by a car on a Sydney crossing this afternoon.

An awful awful thing to happen to a family that has already been through too much.
In response, WishesForSophie has been set up. The news was broadcast at around 5:30pm. At 7:19pm, 605 ‘wishes’ have been submitted. See here for statistics.

This is an immediate vocal response to the unfairness of life. Instead of yelling at the TV or discussing amongst family on the phone or in the lounge room, we have a mechanism to reach out into the broader community and show what we think and how we feel. We can dialogue with others who care. Will newspapers and TV ever fully ‘get’ this? God I hope not.

Best wishes to Sophie and her family.

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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