Community Features: Overview

Awareness communities combine four essential sets of capabilities into a unique model in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts:

The integration of these four areas provides practical benefits:

  • A member can find a piece of content (e.g., a blog post, a discussion reply) that has value to them and quickly determine who provided that content. Is the contributor an expert or a novice on the topic? What is their background on the issue? This adds context to content.
  • A member can locate another member based on their descriptive information (e.g., name, location, title, job history, background, affiliations, etc.) and immediately see their participation history (e.g., what content have they posted? What photos or videos have they shared? How did they vote?) This provides a full 360-degree view of a member.
  • A member's privileges and participation can be controlled to ensure that they only have access to certain information and can participate in appropriate ways. This allows you to mix audiences into one community while still maintaining security and control.