I'd like to hear some thoughts on how to grow and scale online communities.
In the video above, one of the founders of Reddit talks about how the site was started. They created "fake" user accounts to give the appearance that a more diverse set of people submitted content.
When Facebook started, it was constrained to Harvard, which perhaps gave it the appearance of being a prestigious to get into, and many new startups these days limit their initial signups with waiting lists and invite mechanisms.
I'd like to hear stories of other communities getting their start, and what strategies are more successful than others. Are there certain kinds of people to invite first? Certain kinds to ignore?