, I was impressed by Clay Shirky's analysis
of the LiveJournal community. Especially his findings about groups of 12 and how they allow people to have a satisfying experience. Since then, I've been noticing groups of twelve. Maybe it's a natural way to organize. I tried to come up with a list of famous 12's.
- 12 apostles in Christianity
- 12 causes of samsara in Buddhism
- 12 tribes of Israel in Judaism
- 12 people on a jury
- 12 months in a year
- 12 signs in the zodiac
- 12 original American colonies (ok, 13 if you count Delaware)
- 12 days of Christmas
- 12 tone musical scale
- 12-sided snow crystal
- 12 immortals in Greek Mythology
- 12 beers in a 12-pack
Yeah, so it was tough coming up with 12 groups of 12. But I think there's something to the idea that a group of 12 is easily divisible
into smaller groups, yet maintains the identity of the whole.
Now the question is, how do you build community software that accommodates groups of 12, and encourages that equilibrium point? And how can the whole community scale
(another great article on the subject by Clay Shirky) without loosing their individual group identities?
Are there other famous 12s?