Online Community Design
Online Community Design: Conceived, designed and developed “CR4 – The Engineer’s Place for News and Discussion” a community site for engineers, scientists and researchers to track industry trends, seek technical help, and get answers to burning questions. Features include integrating content and discussion from GlobalSpec’s suite of product-centric newsletters, a WYSIWYG text editor for posting in forums, blogs and advertising space for revenue generation. Average monthly unique visitors: 217,000. CR4 was awarded “10 Great Media Sites” by BtoB Business Magazine. Published on June 06, 2008:
CR4, the engineer's place for news and discussion, was a pioneer in user-generated content when it was launched in April 2005. CR4 is an abbreviation for Conference Room 4, a mythical as well as virtual place where intellectually curious people share ideas and tackle problems.
GlobalSpec built its own community platform and introduced it in August 2006. In December of that year, CR4 attracted more than 86,000 unique visitors. That number had almost doubled by December 2007, and it has continued to grow this year.