Web or online communities are the new town square where people, driven by shared interests or concerns, can find one another and connect. People look for places where they feel they belong. The most successful web communities are co-produced by membership. Communities that are anonymous allow user to share thoughts and express feelings – “detached from the illusion of social media popularity” - in a secure and safe environment where it’s easier to be honest and vulnerable without the fear of suffering social consequences. People who engage with and become a part of an online community experience the commonality and satisfaction of advancing the collective group towards a common goal. A recent study published by the online community platform, Reddit, suggests five essential components for a successful community:1. Belonging2. Engagement3. Trust4. Discovery5. Influence
Spaces affect how people interact with one another. We act differently in a football stadium than a library. The same is true in digital space, where we act differently on LinkedIn than WhatsApp. Branded web communities, like Facebook, are different than other public social media; while a user might spend casual time on a public or personal social network, members of private/branded online communities often feel intent on investing time and resources with a purposeful mindset to design and shape a community that both reflects their ideals and provides an authentic shared space.
Https://100MillionWays.Org offers a powerful, data- and feature-packed web community experience using powerful web-based technologies. While you are in the 100 Million Ways Community, we invite you to have a look and share your thoughts as there is always room to improve. The function and feature set includes:
"Blog of the Week:" Timely comments on the latest developments in topics related to substance use disorder and opioid dependence.
"Perspective of the Week:" Exclusive weekly insightful commentary by University of California San Diego Professor Linda Strause, PhD on topics related to substance use disorder and opioid dependence.
Powerful Internal Search Engine: To search the comprehensive 100 Million Ways website database.
"BuddyBot:" Automated, online system connects two or more "buddies" in ongoing but anonymous chats where neither party reveals their personal email to the other buddy. Designed for mutual support, monitored by a clinical professional and implemented with privacy-ensuring software.
Survey and Interactive Learning System: Challenging surveys on a variety of topics such as the differentiation of dependence from addiction, the impact of opioid use on sexuality, and the role of cannabis (THC) medicine in reduction of opioid dependence.
Thread of The Month: This supervised blog invites participants to join in discussion around a specific topic of the month related to opioid dependence. Example: "How has opioid dependence affected the most important relationships in your life?"
Share Your Saga: Invites participants, those personally dependent on or addicted to opioids, friends, and family, to share intimate stories of personal struggle as well as advice to others. Saga’s are moderated by a clinical professional.
Links Library: Hotlinks to a structured, comprehensive set of external web-based resources.
Observational Registry: (Under construction) Enlists, qualifies, and follows volunteers in an ongoing study to measure the potential benefits of THC medications in reducing reliance on opioid painkillers.