Another year and another Innovate Solutions Center expo drawn to a close. Thanks to all of you who stopped by the developerWorks pedestal #17 to say hello and let Ria and I show you the latest in Rational communities. Some highlights from our time with you included the stamps, of course. (Good luck scoring an iPad!). I was also impressed by the number of IBMers and customers who got started this week setting up their own communities as a vehicle to communicate with users in their own organizations.
Another thought to ponder for your communities is the concept of talkers and lurkers (sorry, but the social media aspect of "lurkers" sticks!). Many of the people we talked with over the past few days were up front about the fact that although they don't always feel like they have much to say in a community, but they do "lurk" and take advantage of any information that their peers can offer. Something to keep in mind when you wonder, "Why don't more people participate?" Perhaps they do, but as a captive audience.
How do you measure the success of your own communities?