Groups

Focusing on groups, and the so called border or enclosing line that defines a group can vary widely and depend on what the required focus is.

Don’t assume that this attempt at boxing groups will apply to how you form groups, but some things may seem to apply never the less, and be of interest to you.

Twitter

Tight Groups

Gamers might be considered as a tight group when they attend a event, but as clusters when they exist on a national level.

These groups from tight clumps and may even use separate sources of information. Examples of such groups are professionals, teams, individuals with similar interests, political alignment (polarized group).

Professionals for example may work with other professionals from other fields, each having their own reference material and expertise, based on the profession they work in.

Communications in such groups may vary greatly depending on what stage the project they are working on is at.

Loose Groups

People that feel that they need to do something and search out others that feel the same way.

These appear as clusters often, but come together as a group when needed. The exact nature of the group formed is not easy to define and could result in several types, or may change over time as the groups project stages change.

Clusters

Like to cook certain types of food dishes: is a example of a cluster group where individuals need not know each other, but still have common interests.

These group members may not be aware of each other and may also not communicate with each other. Clearly such groups might form other group types since they may have a lot in common. However the border that defines Clusters may not allow for easy reasons for forming groups. Borders may be drawn for interest in brands, global news, events, culture, and popular subjects are all examples of cluster-groups.

Fractured Clusters

Live in a local area, and tends to not have much awareness outside that area. Are divided by social media they use. Are divided by interests and what grabs their attention.

The same as clusters, but are often typified by being large in size (as clusters above may often be), and for some reason groups in a society get different influences or information sources, but it is still on a very large scale. Fractured Clusters might be formed on National, Political, Customs, Culture, Religion, Income, Region lived in, large scale events, and so on.

Broadcast

Advertisers, government, and online-libraries.

These groups or individuals are very popular or very big and powerful. Such groups have the ability to be of interest or to create interest and thus effectively send out messages to the public. Obviously this could form cluster groups (above), but with broadcast groups the information is taken by people as being a reference that can be used for discussions. Thus influential people or groups effectively spread their message outward, and those that receive that message then share that message with even more people. In a less desirable way, advertisements, government messages, and commercially promoted information that forces its way into your twitter stream might be considered as broadcast in this way. Less obvious it the introductory accounts that you are given the chance to follow.

Broadcast can operate in exactly the opposite way also, but still as a reference. Here people read the source and then share what they find. Here the broadcast is more like a library or notice board that must find, take notice of, and then share information from that source. Examples of this are twitter accounts of famous people and groups that people search for.

Influential Groups

Influential groups (and individuals who often work with other people) are like fractured groups, except they broadcast out, instead of absorbing and sharing information.

Greenpeace, popular sports teams, and popular bands. The Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement might be considered influential groups. These groups are popular and are of interest to many people who often (but not always) form clusters.

In team sports supporters appear like they are tight groups, but they are probably more like loose groups coming together for specific events. One or more sports teams influence these supporters.

Influential groups are monitored by popular individuals, powerful groups, or large groups that may even include the government. Broadcast groups may share material from influential groups. Influential groups may also be the information-glue that helps form other groups like clusters and tight groups.

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Last edited in Jul 2015
Gharr is currently in hiatus: “I miss writing all those articles, and sharing all those great things, and ideas on the internet.” 2015

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