What makes a successful social network?

In her new book, Momentum, Allison H. Fine makes a point that is central to what makes eNeighbors tick:

“Two key characteristics of social networks are critical to their success. First, successful networks have hubs of information and leaders who drive the work. Second, information in social networks flows in a “friction-free” way to enable and empower people to work quickly at the outer fringes of the network.”

In the case of eNeighbors, the hub is the web-based application on the internet. The leaders are the board of directors. And the empowerment to the people (or neighborhood residents in this case) is made possible by the different ways you can share information with the eNeighbors application.

Oh, and happy birthday Allison.

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