Rosemary O'Neil | Hosting a community vs having it on Facebook or Instagram - The Communities Show

How Facebook Groups are not good enough for communities? How a hosted community platform can benefit your business?

People want smaller places with more genuine connections and more meaningful experiences online.

People want more crowded spaces to be able to buy, sell, promo, scam and broadcast all other messages for a possible network effect.

And both kinds of places are needed. You just have to figure out which one you’re building and why - for broadcasting or relations with your followers?

Crowdstack focuses on that smaller, more intimate approach that facilitates community relations, and in this episode, we mostly explore this take while bashing Facebook.

This episode is also available in your favourite podcasts app if you’re a premium subscriber.


Community builders and digital content creators. Available for contract work.

  • Lera: artist, full-time gen z, queen 👑

  • Karina: business leader​, money 🤑

  • Anna: founder, writer, engineer 👩🏻‍🔬

  • Olle: product, devrel, tech 🎥

Upcoming episodes:

  • Running a Discord server for anime artists - Aigerim Aimova - Usagi Shop

  • The community for community builders - Alex Angel - Commsor

  • Using science to research online communities - Martina Pocchiari - PhD Candidate in Empirical Quantitative Marketing

  • Calculating ROI for a community - Nick Dijkstra - Port

  • Online classes for making friends - Nina Iordanova and Niloo Ravaei - Good People

  • Why Community Owner is not a Community Manager - Vincent Boon - Giants Technology

You have access to the calendar with all upcoming live shows and community events if you’re a premium subscriber.

Run The World is just $149 instead of $429

This is an offer from partners, but the copy is mine.

I think that Run The World is a decent solution for virtual conferences and meetups, and I like the team behind it. I would build a virtual conference or a series of interactive meetups on it if I could not use Discord.


Run The World on a sale

Weekly motivation

We ship same content in 3 different ways - video🎥, audio🎙️ and text📝 because

  • it is convenient to subscribers since they have a choice

  • it is faster for us than to focus on text only

  • it makes us special and appeals to a broader audience

Let me reiterate 😵

  1. Creating these emails with a text summary, an audio podcast and a video recording is faster than writing and reviewing a nice article.

  2. People can decide if they want to watch, listen or skip (for now) because there’s a text summary in the email.

  3. Profit.

Lera and I will talk more about these 3 points and out content pipeline next Saturday on a podcast🎙️ that goes only to our paid subscribers.

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/This text has been written by Olle and reviewed by Lera and Grammarly