How To Build Online Communities Around Your Content
Rufus Griscom is one-half of the husband-and-wife duo behind new-wave parenting site Babble.com, which Disney acquired last fall for approximately $40 million.
"... Something that's been risky for us--and everyone in the online space--was making the decision to push content out to other platforms such as Facebook or the Huffington Post. That was scary at first. We worried, Are we giving away the baby? But we've concluded that it really is the right approach," Griscom says.
"If we have more comments on a Facebook post than on our own site, are we pushing the conversation or the audience away? But of the 6 million folks who come to Babble each month, about 35% are coming through social media--Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumble-Upon, and various aggregators. And we started to realize that a lot of these are actually filtering our content better than we are."
Click here to read the conversation about building online communities around content between Griscom and NBCUniversal President, Digital Entertainment Vivi Zigler, No. 89 on our Most Creative People list.
Buys his first car, a Saab 99 for $800 borrowed from his younger siblings
Falls in love for the first time
His first website, Nerve, goes live
Is interviewed by Charlie Rose
Launches Spring Street Networks, his second company; falls in love for the last time
Becomes the father of son, Declan
Becomes the father of son, Grey
Becomes the father of son, Rye
Sells Babble to Disney
Illustration by Zoran Lucic
A version of this article appears in the June 2012 issue of Fast Company.